Coming soon: Comprehensive EIFS inspection course. Hot PIC!

Hey that is not EIFS it is just some 2x4’s :wink:

Those walls will leak if you leave them like they are! :mrgreen:

I can not wait to see the info. But I will.

Carl, I added some sheathing for you and took a second PIC: :cool:

Thank you!

What is next?

Are they spacing the sheathing as per mfgrs. specs?

For some reason framing hurt a lot more than I remember. I used to be a fairly fast framer. Now I’m a fairly sore ex-framer!
Specs? Specs? Send in the punch crew!

We have a crew from a very successful and knowledgeable contractor coming in to put a variety of stucco/EIFS coatings on these panels and highly-qualified instructor who will show inspectors how to identify the various systems and spot defects common to each. This video will also will include proper flashing methods at openings and terminations. This will be a good one.


Can you post a good picture of what is printed on the OSB?

I am sure you are sore, I can only imagine picking up a hawk and trowel after a year and a half.

We can do that Carl. Do you have any photos of defective conditons that have resulted from failure to allow for panel expansion?

It’s been about 7 years since I’ve framed after about 30 years of it. That’s real time. Feels like about 17 years in lower back time.

Not that can be verified.

Imagine if you will a comp roof that has no spacing of the sheathing. The kind where one can count the sheets of OSB.

Now imagine a wall where the sheathing has no spacing.

By the time the stucco is torn off the OSB is a pile of moldy mulch.

Any new pictures?

I’m not following you Carl.

I was in the trades when OSB first appeared. At first, many of us jammed the sheets tight together, so I know many structures have been built that way, wrong as it was.

I know there’ve been many roofs sheathed with OSB without proper spacing and covered with comp, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in which I could count the OSB sheets through comp shingles.

I’m sure many walls have been sheathed with OSB without spacing too, but I don’t remember seeing any problem in walls which were covered with a membrane and a properly-flashed exterior wall covering.

My understanding is that for that OSB sheathing to turn into moldy mulch, a severe moisture intrusion problem of the sheathing must be present.
Moldy mulch would be related to the actions of decay fungi resulting from moisture intrusion and unless the intrusion were caused by bowing (which will not ocurr without moisture intrusion), decay would have more to do with the stucco application than the sheathing application.

Is this not right?

Hot PIC of Professional Engineer and InterNACHI member Ron Hoffman reviewing development of new EIFS inspection course:

Hurry up the people want to move in and they do not care that the weather has not been helpful. :stuck_out_tongue:


Keeping it dry is a real problem for some.

Today’s PICs:

Thanks for the update Nick.

Update please.

The portable walls are built and waiting for the stucco people to apply the various types of exterior wall finishes. In addition to various types of EIFS there will be hardcoat stucco plus some systems that are hybrids.

  • Each stucco type will have a section which reveals the materials installed layer by layer to help inspectors recognize and identify stucco system types.
  • Each wall has a window installed to demonstrate flashing and installation details, some good, some bad.
  • We have four roof sections installed so that we can install (or leave out) various types of kick-out and roof-to-wall junction flashing.
  • We’ll have deck ledgers installed both against the stucco and against the exterior wall sheathing.
  • Walls will have stucco which interfaces with other material such as faux stone, to demonstrate flashing techniques.
  • Key sections of sheathing will be removed after stucco intallation is complete so that we can pump water against the wall to simulate rain and actually see the leaks.

Our expert will be Ron Huffman from the Exterior Design Institute.
Ron’s a PE and has been inspecting and consulting on EIFS and stucco for over 25 years.

This will be a really good course.

Thanks Kenton.