In my neighborhood, all the houses have stucco exteriors. What's the
best way to attach something to the side of a house that's covered in
stucco? (Examples might be an iron ornament, a hose reel or a
Under the stucco there will be a layer of sheathing (boards, plywood,
or OSB). You need to drill a neat hole through the stucco in order to
use a screw to secure your ornament, or such. Hole size depends on
screw size, and the drill bit needs to be a masonry type carbide tip.
If you have many holes to drill, a low cost diamond bit from Harbor
Freight, for example, would be a good choice. Use stainless steel
square drive screws if rust stains from conventional screws is problem.
I have used the above-described method to attach house numbers,
trellises, light fixtures, and flower box brackets to my stucco house.
As others have pointed out, the method depends on what is under the
stucco, in my case the stucco is over traditional wood-frame
construction. For the flower box brackets I made sure I was going into
studs and used some sturdy lag bolts. For other applications just
regular wood screws into the sheathing. On areas that take direct rain
sometimes I squeeze in a little caulk to seal the hole. --H
You're typin' to a real novice here. How would one discern the
And I'm afraid that question's way out of my league, sorry. :}
In an ill-fated attempt to attach a hose reel to my house, I used a
masonry bit to drill through the stucco, but drilled through to find
empty space. My guess is the contractor used chicken wire between wood
studs as a subsurface for the stucco. Attempts to use a mollybolt were
I appreciate the input here.
(Oops) Most likely "tar paper, chicken wire and foam" under stucco.
Heavy stuff ... find a stud. I have been successful using Liquid
Nails to hold fake stones on stucco (desert) brace and allow to
"My doctor says I have a malformed public-duty gland
and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore
excused from saving Universes."
In our case both our exterior house walls and patio walls are stucco
over solid poured concrete walls. We had to use a hammer drill with a
diamond bit to drill every single whole we needed, and we went through
3 diamond bits. It wasn't fun. :-)
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On 1 Jan 2007 19:32:30 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Sounds like they were all built by the same builder. Talk to several
of your neighbors, to find out if they are all built the same and what
they are made out of. You really can't just ask one, because there
are it seems a lot of people who just make up answers when they don't
konw the real answer. (It's amazing, really.)
You can also ask how they have attached things and if they have been
happy wity it, or you can use the advice you get here.
This is also a very good way to get to know your neighbors.
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