Whether by choice or necessity, there may come a time to remove stucco siding from the home. If this job is performed correctly, it can be done easily. The process is long and labor-intensive due to the durable nature of stucco material but it does not need to be complicated.
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Step 1: Take safety precautions before and during the project. Remove obstacles and debris to prevent injuries and be aware of falling debris while working. Have someone help with this project to reduce body strain and prevent safety oversights due to intense focus.
Step 2: Knock off loose siding with the chisel and hammer. Make a small cut with these tools by holding the chisel in one hand and using the other hand to hold the hammer. Strike the hammer against the butt of the chisel to jar pieces of stucco loose. You may need to do this several times before the stucco loosens. Then, pry off portions of the stucco material and underlying stucco lath with the pry bar. Let the stucco pieces fall to the ground and then place them in the trash cans.
Step 3: Very large chunks of stucco may be very heavy and can loosen other sections. After each large chunk falls, remove it from the area. Allowing it to remain on the ground will create an obstacle.
Step 4: The circular saw can be used to cut off square sections of stucco. Ease the saw into the siding, proceeding gently and cutting each square slab slowly from the home exterior. The saw blade should penetrate the lath under the siding.