There are a wide range of different wires that are used in the lathing process of stucco these days, so I wanted to write this post to discuss some of the different kinds available and what they are used for.
Certain types of wire are better suited for different things and knowing which type of lath to go with will make the job a whole lot easier to do.
This particular wire is commonly used in the three coat stucco system and is a fairly strong kind of wire. It is furred, which means that it sticks off of the wall a little bit (about a quarter inch or so) so that the stucco mix can “key” in behind it.
In order to achieve this, the wire is crimped by a machine, so when it is rolled out along the wall, it will stand off of it a bit.
This wire is the same as the 17 gauge, but a little thinner and flimsier. It is used in 1 coat stucco applications most of the time.
This type of wire lath is intended for ceilings and soffits. The design is made to hold the plaster in place, while minimizing the amount of fallouts.
This particular lath has a much smaller pattern in the wire itself. It allows the cement to bond to it very well and is usually used for patches, transitions and uneven surfaces.
This type of wire has the paper attached to it already and is used for open stud applications mostly. It has a bottom and top edge that are designed to fit on top of one another and overlap the paper and wire simultaneously.
Nailing off nearly all types of wire is the same, in essence, depending on your local building codes and engineering specs. Most wire requires you to nail it off at a 6 and 12 interval. This means that nails and/or staples around the edges and at vertical seams will require a fastener every 6 inches and every 12″ on the studs.
My name is Ryan and I have been in the construction trades for many years now and I feel that there is a huge "knowledge gap" when it comes to particular trades.... like stucco. I made this site to inform others about the simplicity of the art and that many people can do stucco themselves, if they put their minds to it. I hope you find the information here useful and please don't hesitate to contact me by leaving a comment. Thanks for stopping by!