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    Faster Plaster

    by Michael Chusid, RA, FCSI

    RapidSet Eisenwall, a premium cement for exterior plaster developed by CTS Cement Manufacturing Corp., is a quick-setting alternative to traditional Portland cement that can turn stucco work from a ten-day to a three-day project, speeding up work and cutting labor costs.

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    Steve Browne, director of operations for Quality Plastering Corp. in Sacramento, says: "The new cement enables me to apply the scratch and brown coats in a single day, and apply the stucco color coat the very next day so I can move forward without tying up equipment or crews."

    Like Browne, Jorge Vera, general superintendent for Mid Valley Plastering Inc., of Lathrop, California, works on multifamily housing built by one of the largest homebuilders in the country. Vera explains how exterior plastering used to be on the critical path of his work schedule.

    "I can't start applying stucco until after the frame inspection and the drywall loading is in place," says Vera. "Then, if I have to wait for Portland cement to cure, the interior is already taped and textured and cabinets are going in before I can finish the plaster and drop the scaffolds."

    Vera continues: "With this new material, I can drop the scaffolds in just three days and get a jump on the hardscaping, utilities, and other work that goes in the ground. At the pace we build, Eisenwall saves us time and money because it lets us work concurrently on the exterior and interior."   >>>

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    Applying quick-setting plaster requires tight teamwork on a construction site.
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    Mixing the plaster must occur just minutes before application.
    Photo: Michael Chusid


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