How to fix a through hole in stucco on the outside of the house?


Some contractors drilled some holes on the outside of the house and I need to patch them up.

One hole is about 1 to 1.5" in diameter. They drilled through so that they can put a piece of wire through to feel for studs! (apparently a stud finder didn't work)

There are some other smaller holes...they used a small drill bit...maybe 1/4" diameter.

My question is how do I patch those holes up? These holes don't have a surface on the other side. If I were to just fill it with something there's nothing on the other side for the filler to hold on to, right?

What should I do this fix?

Can I just fill the hole with stucco patching compound? (Something like Quikrete Pre-Mixed Stucco Patch?)

UPDATE: I can access some holes from the attic. Is there something that I can do from the back side of the hole from the attic? Should I screw in a metal mesh on the back side in the attic and then go to the outside and fill the whole with stucco patching...

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Place the narrow end of the chisel against the wall at a 45-degree angle—the angle does not have to be precise—and tap the top of the chisel with your ball-peen hammer to chip away the edges of the damaged stucco. This will thin the edges enough to allow you to feather the new stucco onto them, which makes the patch less noticeable.

Cut a piece of support mesh that is large enough to cover the old mesh that has been exposed by the damaged stucco. This does not need to fit perfectly. Eyeball it the best you can, but make sure that none of the new mesh sticks out over the undamaged stucco.

Mix your stucco with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Different stucco mixes call for different proportions of water, so follow the recommendations on the brand you have chosen.

Trowel the stucco onto the wall in a thick layer, keeping it to within about...

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Hi First you would need a good electric drill with an 1/2" chuck a long masonry drill say 12" or 300mm long x12mm dia , as you say there may be wood in the construction of the wall, you could just ask the builder as it a new house, the insulation in the wall cavity could be some type of fibre slab easy to drill through. to start slowly start to drill the hole using the drill on the drill setting not the hammer setting if after the first 20mm (3/4") you see that it is brick or block dust coming out from the hole keep going until you have made the hole 9"or 10" deep(275mm) not forgetting most exterior walls are about 12"(300mm) thick slowly carry on for the final few mm. If however you find part of the wall is wood you can carry on using the drill at the very slowest speed say 8seconds at a time each time removing the drill for a couple of minuets to allow the drill bit to cool as it will get very hot while drilling through the wood also the friction could make the wood...

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Stucco homes have a reputation for water problems, often leading to rotting of the frame or mold growth behind the stucco surface. More modern stucco installation addresses these concerns, including using the right insulation. By adding proper insulation, you can eliminate many of these problems. For existing stucco surfaces, the best alternative is to use spray foam insulation to fill the gaps between the walls and the exterior.

Measure 3 feet and 6 feet up from the ground. Mark these heights on each corner with painter's tape for easy reference.

Drill a 2-inch diameter hole through the stucco about 16 inches inside the first corner using a masonry hole saw. Continue drilling holes every 16 inches along your 3-foot line and your 6-foot line on all sides of the house. The holes should only penetrate the stucco, not the interior wall.

Place the nozzle of the spray foam insulation pump into the first bottom hole. Activate the pump and fill the space behind the...

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Here's a quick photo-essay about my Sunday afternoon: An outside hose bibb was leaking around the handle, so I decided to replace it. * I couldn't remove the old hose bibb from a piece of galvanized pipe, so I removed the pipe too, and found what looked like a brass fitting inside the wall. * Once I had installed a new length of pipe and hose bibb, I turned the house water back on, and heard it leaking inside the wall. Thinking I hadn't tightened it enough, I really beared down and gave the bibb/pipe combo a good crank to seal the connection in the wall. That's when I felt a pipe inside the wall break, and heard water start blasting inside the wall. *

Fortunately, I have access to the other side of the wall through the garage, so I cut a hole and installed a valve upstream of the break. I didn't have time to do a full repair and re-route the pipe outside, so that's where I've left it for now.

It took three separate trips to Home Depot -- represented above by *'s --...

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What is the substrate your stucco is applied to.. masonry , foam on wood framing?

How thick is the stucco?

Yes you may drill a whole and install a section of conduit referred to as a sleeve. A sleeve is best as it allows for future cabling with out drilling more holes. If you are going to install conduit on the out side as a race way use an LB on the outside it will alow the conduit to lay flat on the wall.

Then seal around the perimeter with a latex/acrylic caulk, pure silicone is not paintable if that doesn’t matter silicone can be used.

Once you install the cable through the sleeve or LB you will need to insert a putty/sealant to keep outside air from passing through to the interior. Duct seal is best as it is re-enterable and will not degrade the cable jacket.

Anchoring to the surface is done in different ways depending on your structure and or the thickness of your stucco.

If masonry best way is in the form of an anchor...

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No matter how hard you try and keep your home in good condition, from time to time, niggling problems occur, so we are going to show you to how fix 6 of them.

The thing is, people enjoy their houses when everything is going well and there is nothing to do, but if you stop and think for a minute, surely there is something that needs doing, right?

Of course! You’ve just remembered that leaky guttering!

Here are our top 6 most common problems and solutions around the house.

Adhering to this will help to keep your property in tip-top condition, things that you can do yourself and save money in not having to call out a tradesman unless you’ve found a REALLY bad problem!

Tip 1: Leaking gutters.

Gutters are the system of half pipes, joins and tubes that carry rainwater away from the roof and walls into ground drainage to be soaked up by the ground or evaporated.

If gutters are leaking it is usually because of either damage by storms or...

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Expert DIY advice on how to repair stucco siding, including tips on patching holes in stucco, and fixing cracks and stains.

Stucco is a very strong, durable cement-like siding material but repairs are sometimes needed for cracks and holes.

Though you’re better off leaving major stucco repairs to a mason or stucco specialist, you should be able to handle fixing most holes and cracks if you have do-it-yourself experience. The way you make these repairs will depend upon the nature of the damage, such as the size of the hole. Here we look at typical stucco repairs. For information on painting stucco, please see How to Paint Stucco.

Fixing Large Holes in Stucco

Patching large holes in stucco is a job that homeowners adept at basic home repairs can handle-though it may be difficult to create a patch that blends perfectly with the wall unless you repaint. If you are not comfortable doing this type of repair, contact a local siding contractor.

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How to Patch stucco with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to patch stucco.

1 Scrape loose, blistered stucco from the wall with a 4-inch drywall knife.
2 Clean away loose grit and dust from the wall with a wire brush.
3 Create stucco by mixing three parts sand, one part Portland cement and...

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Since ages, stucco has been a popular building material on account of its versatility. When applied to the exterior walls, it helps to make the structure strong. This in turn will increase its durability. The main components of stucco are sand, cement, lime and water which make it a fireproof and waterproof material. It remains unaffected by mold and mildew and thus capable of providing protection to the building from different types of weather elements. It does not cost you much and has a very low maintenance.

Preparation of the Wall
The exterior walls of any building are subjected to a lot of wear and tear. All the elements like dirt, grime old paint and mold should be removed from its surface. The right method of cleaning them is power-washing. If the walls are left in neglected condition for a long time, then sandblasting should be done to clean them up. Check out for the holes and cracks on them. Once they are identified, take necessary measures to repair the...

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Stucco is a plaster-like material known for its durability and aesthetic function. There are times, however, when stucco may need to be repaired. Caulking is the most common method of repairing stucco when minor cracks appear. Chipped stucco is typically remedied by painting over it. In addition, patching is a common way to repair stucco holes.

Before you can repair the stucco you must assess damage. Check to see if the damage involves minor cracks, chipping or small holes, as they can easily be repaired by using off-the-shelf products. If the damage is too extensive, contacting an expert to repair stucco may be more effective than trying to remedy it yourself. A stucco specialist can check to see if the damage was caused by structural fault.

It is important to clean the area before undertaking repairs. Removing loose debris ensures the new material bonds well to the surrounding stucco. Scrub the area with a wet sponge or rag to create a smooth stucco working area....

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This week, the subject is stucco. One homeowner wants to know how to repair holes made during an insulation project; another wants to know how to hang a bike and a wisteria vine from her stucco wall.

Q: We recently had R-13 fiberglass insulation blown from the exterior into the walls of our home. The house was built in 1941 and has stucco siding. The insulation contractor said any homeowner can easily patch over the wooden plugs put into the holes. The plugs are recessed slightly, but we’re sure we will be able to tap them in a bit to a depth of 3/8 to 1/2 inch if necessary.

We hope it will be easy, but more important, we want it done correctly. Can you recommend a product and method?

A: You bet we can. But first, congratulations for biting the bullet and opting for the blown-in insulation. The payback should be great, both in comfort and energy costs, during the hot summers and cold winters.

Contractors insulate stucco buildings by drilling holes...

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Many homes that have stucco as an exterior coating have cracking issues, but most of them can be repaired quite easily. There are different kind of cracks that appear and knowing how to go about fixing them is half the battle.

There are different kinds of cracks, distinguished mainly by their size and pattern on the wall itself. One can determine the cause of the crack by looking at the wall’s design, the size of the crack and the pattern.

These cracks are anywhere from 1/16 of an inch to 1/8 of an inch wide (typically) and are easily and effectively repaired using caulking and paint.

Caulking Gun Caulk (latex with silicone base is recommended, 35 year) There are also tubes that do not require a caulking gun (shown below) Bucket of water Sponge or Rag

Step 1: Cut Tip Of Caulking:

The first step is to cut the tip of the tube of caulking as small as possible, at an angle, if possible. I included this as a step because it is oftentimes overlooked and...

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Depends on the size of the screw and how much material you have to work with. If this is a clamp bolt, cheap tripods use screws going directly into the casting. Quality units either use a captured nut, Nyloc nut and eccentric toggle or a tee-head bolt with threaded knob.

If this is a plate with a fair amount of metal surrounding the hole and it's deep enough, I would get a Heli-Coil kit. With this kit, you drill the hole oversize with the supplied drill, use the supplied tap and then the tool to install the helical insert.

Another thread repair is Keensert which, if you have yet more metal because it's a larger device, a locking insert that doesn't require delicate use of Red Loctite to keep it in place.

All the above probably are not recommended in the case that the threaded hole is in a casting that doesn't have spare metal, so the previous recommendations of drilling oversize and tapping for a larger bolt might be the best. Which might not be...

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i dug my holes thursday

and friday. It really wasnt too bad. I bought the fiskars clam shovel and man it works magic. On only one hole i had to break through concrete.

So today chris was kind enough to come down my way and use his truck to pick up the supplies.

600kg of concrete plus wood..not light,

these 6x6x10' that the HO wanted have got to weigh about 180lbs each.

they is heavy!

So today i square up my lines to the house and set a line back to measure to.

I put a bit of concrete at the bottom of each hole to lift the posts up, and i got them exactly the same height

The one is right up against the house, so i had a bit of a hard time getting concrete behind the post. but i poked it alot so...

Im so glad my dad came to help me. he would hold the post in the spot and plumb it up while i braced and put concrete in, couldn't have done it without him!!

Blah blah got 2 set, left the...

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How to Fix Loose Plaster | Homeowner Guide | Design/Build Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska
There is probably no field in remodeling in which the terminology used is more confused or confusing. To help alleviate some of the confusion, here are the actual names of plaster and drywall components, and materials.

Blueboard or Blue board: A term commonly used in the construction trades to mean plaster board. Another common name is rock lath.

U.S. Gypsum originally colored its plaster board blue to distinguish it from its other gypsum board products. Other manufacturers adopted the color scheme. Also see Plater Board, Rock Lath.

Brown Coat: The second coat of a three coat plaster wall or ceiling system. The brown coat is the leveling coat applied over the first or "scratch" coat of gypsum plaster. It is typically about 3/8" thick.

Any unevenness left in the scratch coat is removed by the brown coat which leaves a flat, level surface for...

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Also see: How to Repair an Ice Maker

Expert DIY advice for refrigerator troubleshooting and repair, including how to fix refrigerator problems such as poor cooling, noises, and unwanted freezing of foods.

Do you need to engage in some refrigerator troubleshooting? Though refrigerators generally operate very dependably, they can break down, and, when they do, food can spoil in a hurry. Though troubleshooting refrigerator problems often calls for a refrigerator repair person, you can handle some simple refrigerator troubleshooting and repairs yourself. As a result, you can save money, time, and the hassle of waiting for help. DIY refrigerator fixes involve checking the power, controls, condenser coils, and other parts outside of your refrigerator’s sealed, hermetic system.

©Don Vandervort, HomeTips

Refrigerator Parts Diagram

The best way to increase the life of a refrigerator is to clean the condenser coils at least once a year. In fact, it pays to clean...

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Take advantage of good weather to handle gutter repairs.

How to repair failing gutters and downspouts to prevent your home’s structure from incurring moisture damage

Four of the most common problems rain gutters incur are leaking, sagging, overflowing, and pooling runoff around the house. If left unattended, any one of these conditions can cause serious water damage to the house and its foundation. Fortunately, the fixes are within the realm of even a modestly skilled do-it-yourselfer.

Leaking Rain Gutters

If your gutters are leaking, the prime suspects are the joints between sections. Standing water in gutters eventually will rust galvanized steel seams or seep through the seams in aluminum gutters.

©Don Vandervort, HomeTips

Caulk leaking gutter seams

First check for signs of standing water and sagging. Adjust or add gutter hangers as needed. Allow the insides of the gutters to dry out, brush leaking...

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By Reuben Saltzman In Winterizing outside faucets On February 4, 2014

With all of the recent cold weather, I’ve noticed a huge increase in traffic on one of my older blog posts on how to keep outside faucets from freezing. I have a few more tips to add, so I’m re-blogging this post.

Most homeowners in Minnesota know it’s important to ‘winterize’ the outside faucets to prevent them from freezing, because freeze damage can destroy the faucet or lead to a burst pipe. The problem is that many people don’t quite get it right; winterizing the outside faucets in the fall seems like a simple thing to do, and it seems like it should be straightforward and easy, but there are a few tricks you need to know to really get it right.

Garden hoses – First and foremost, disconnect the garden hose from the outside faucet. If you leave your garden hose attached to the faucet, you’re asking for trouble.

Determine if your faucet is frost-free or not. A rule of thumb...

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By Reuben Saltzman In Deck Ledger Board On May 8, 2012

May is National Deck Safety Month, so I’m going to start off this month by writing about the most common cause of deck collapses – improper attachment to a building. Most decks are supported on one side by the building, and on the opposite side by the earth. The photo below shows a deck collapse that happened here in Minnesota, and this is exactly how most decks collapse. The cause of collapse is quite obvious – it wasn’t attached properly.

Is your deck properly attached to the building? It’s not always possible to know for sure, but today I’ll discuss a few different ways of attaching a deck to a building. The piece of wood that connects a deck to a building is called the ledger, or ledger board. I’ll be using this term repeatedly.

Lag Screws

Traditionally, lag screws have been the most common method of attaching decks to buildings. To properly attach a deck ledger using...

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Make a plan.

How big? How many rooms? What services do you want? Where are the windows and doors going to go?

Draw up the floor plan. On your diagram, you should roughly sketch the room layouts and locate the drain lines precisely (for concrete slab) where the shower, bathtub and toilet drain connections will be (wood floors with a crawl space allows easier changes of such locations). Each section of the exterior wall should be a multiple of the standard bale length you plan to use. This will allow you to minimize the number of bales that you cut and will also minimize waste.


Decide what type of base you will use to support the floor of the first story. Typical choices are a concrete pad or a timber base consisting of a double outside band with center beam(s) supported by columns and connected by floor joists on 16" centers. If you opt for the traditional wood frame, check your local building code for the dimensions of each frame element.

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