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So What's Wrong? It looks fine to Me... 

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In the 80's and 90's boom in Atlanta, when homes were being built with EIFS, there was a lot of indifference to several aspects of the installation- caulk joints, flashing, and in this case - EIFS under ground- all not done according to manufacturer specifications or industry specs.

In this instance, this home had EIFS and some of the framing and substrate below ground.

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The picture with the shovel is what was exposed on the same wall that looked OK. Scary? You bet. The resolution? Hardcoat cement stucco needs to be put underground since the grade was not alterable. The rotten substrate was removed and replaced with cement board. An expansion joint was created at the junction of EIFS and conventional stucco to accommodate the differing materials. (EIFS and Hardcoat) Metal lathe was applied over the new concrete board substrate, then a scratch coat, a brown coat, (sealed to the foundation) then a matching synthetic finish texture is applied. Caulk is applied at the expansion joint, then the whole thing is painted to match the existing color. The last picture show is before painting so the bottom is a bit lighter.

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Hardcoat as well must be sealed to the foundation (slab) if it is under ground, but still should be brought above grade. We did this for a homeowner in Marietta. First the cut, scratch, base, then finish texture. Paint to match.

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