I am looking for advice on how to attach wire mesh (metal lathing) to my
clay brick wall. I plan to parge the wall, and I am told that the wire mesh
will help prevent the parging from cracking.
One store clerk told me to nail on the mesh, using one-inch concrete nails.
Do I drive these nails into the brick itself or into the mortar joints.
I'm also wondering how necessary it is to use the wire mesh. Other people
have told me that the parging (stucco) will adere quite well if I use a
For the parging itself, I plan to use Type S masonry cement, with some
airfloated clay as a plasticizer.
Always fix thing to the mortar joints. You should avoid breaking into
individual masonry units whenever practicable.
It will work OK without, but if you get cracking, especially with some
serious freeze-thaw cycles, You could run into some large scale repairs.
The steel will help hold the material on despite a few cracks.
Were I in your shoes, I think I'd skip the wire and risk bigger repairs
later (or rather try to be very vigilant about repairs while they're still
The formula's I've seen use a bit of extra Lime for that, but it sounds OK
Remove the dead poet to e-mail, tho CC'd posts are unwelcome.
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