TIGERLOOSE

The money involved is substantial.  The contractor is inexperienced.  The owner is paying for the contractors education. 

Was lath installed?

There is only one way to make this right.  I wonder what the owner will think when the lath starts coming off.  At the start I said that it was my fault that it went bad.  "Well here's the thing about that" said Tommy, the oldest Henderson boy. 

I could have met the crew.  I did that once for an elderly lady.  She took out the permit and hired a crew from some Asian country.  I can usually pick out the country but these guys were ....well maybe Cambodian.  She was from Indonesia.  She asked me to show the crew how to install lath.  I told her what tools I need and met the crew on an afternoon.  She had a chair in the shade of a tree with a pitcher of lemonade.  The lath turned out better than most. 



They did a lousy job of stapling but since it is inside out they will get a chance to do a better job.

The installation instructions are on the product and they got it wrong.

During a previous inspection I explained roof to wall transition complete with a drawing of the 1"x4", flashing and counter flashing.  That didn't work.  The worker asked me what was wrong with this.  I told him to ask the contractor that he works for. 

It is a two story addition and there is plenty of stucco.  The contractor asked me if staples can be used for the lath.  I said yes as long as the wire is self-furring.  He asked what should be used if the wire is not self-furring and I said to use furring nails.  It went south from there. 

By the time a job gets to the lath stage, owners have had plenty of interaction with the contractor.  This owner was pleased to learn that it was done wrong.