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Contractor are afraid to remove stucco because it can turn into a future
water leak problem for them. The most common dispute in construction is
water leak.

I would have them remove stucco to ensure proper connection.


At 11:09 AM 2/14/97 -0500, you wrote:
>I am working on a deck design for a house in Berkeley.  The deck is about 9
>ft. above grade and is 10 ft. from the house back wall.  I typically remove
>stucco, provide flashing and bolt new ledger to existing rim joist.  I have
>seen some contractors attaching the deck ledger directly through the stucco.
> My client was advised by a contractor that removal of stucco is not
>necessary.  Obviously this is cheaper solution, but I am not comfortable
>this situation.  I have advised my clients accordingly.
>Any thoughts, comments ??
>Anand Nene, S.E.

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