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DCP03422.JPG (131118 bytes)    October 21, 2005 - Friday - Careful viewers of this website might wonder what is done to the ICF block between where the siding stops and grade (dirt).  This is a very good question.  Our goal here is to protect the ICF block from future "weed whackers" etc., and to add a finished look.  One of the solutions available to ICF builders is simply to apply mortar mix to this area of the wall.  The mortar dries rock hard and gives the look of a standard concrete stem wall.   Preparation is very much the same as preparing to apply stucco which entails attaching expanded metal lathe to the wall where the mortar mix will be applied.  The lathe gives the mortar mix something to "grab on to".  We attach the lathe to our ICF wall by screwing into the webs, just like we did when attaching the siding.  This picture shows the lathe installed on the south wall of the home.

DCP03421.JPG (85956 bytes)    October 21, 2005 - Friday - Here the metal lathe installed between the siding and the patio at the rear of the home.

DCP03425.JPG (60732 bytes)    October 21, 2005 - Friday - Mudding and taping of course continues inside.  This area around the fireplace looks like it is nearing completion.

DCP03424.JPG (76527 bytes)    October 21, 2005 - Friday - The dining area is now getting its share of mud and tape...including the big beam on the ceiling.

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