This varies with locality. Here in CA we must nail/staple on every
stud and at 6" intervals vertically. Be sure your lath is firred up an
appropriate distance (3/8 - 1/4") from the sheathing surfact either by
spacer nails or self-firring lath.
FYI, from doing demo of stucco I can tell you that staples shot with an
air stapler are easily 10 times stronger than nails. My opinion is
that self-firred lath with paper stapled in is unbeatable for strength
and durability as well as speed of installation.
Just the opposite of roofing nails vs. staples, I guess, and no doubt
due to the large tensile strength of the lath. If it's nailed into old
1x shiplap sheathing, the nails are still a bear to pull, so the extra
strength of the staples would only come into play during demo of the
Just did a stucco rip-off this week on a 75 year old house. What a can
of worms! Entire corners of the house framing and sheathing are gone -
I mean it's rotted to the point where there's nothing there. The only
thing holding up parts of the house is habit.
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