Removing the Concrete Wall Forms and Planning the Plaster Finish

Mark Newton and Jesse Gonzales explain what happens when the metal frames are removed from the poured walls, then they apply a three-coat plaster.

Clip Summary

It has been nearly 12 hours since the concrete was poured on the Punta Gorda, Florida, storm-ready house. The crew from Solid Wall Systems is on site to strip the forms, scrape them, and reoil them with a biodegradable form oil before taking them to the next job. Bob watches as a window buck is stripped away leaving a perfectly clean and square concrete opening in place. Hammers ring as the crew knocks off the wall clips that are specially designed to break away once the walls are set. Bob looks up to see the Simpson Strong Ties that were wet set after the pour protruding from the tops of the walls, waiting to tie down the roof trusses. Bob looks at the finish with Mark Newton of Solid Wall Systems and Jesse Gonzalez of Mercedes Homes. Newton explains that they will apply a skim coat over areas that show voids or imperfections. Gonzalez and the Mercedes crew will finish the walls after they have set for two weeks or so. They will power wash the exterior to remove any residual oil from the forms. Then they will apply a three-coat plaster job using a scratch coat, brown coat, and finish coat to create the look of traditional Florida plaster.