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Walls Category: Exterior Walls: Stucco Walls


Stucco wall has a relatively minor crack.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Screwdriver

  • Hammer (preferably a mason's hammer)

  • Chisel (preferably a mason's chisel)

  • Putty knife/joint knife

  • Caulking gun

  • Premixed stucco repair compound (in a can or caulking tube)

  • Masking tape, wide type

  • Carpenter's knife

  • Stiff bristle brush


If you notice a relatively minor crack in your stucco wall, you can immediately repair it without too much work.

Caution: Of course, when dealing with sharp objects, such as a carpenter's knife, make sure you take precautions.

Repairing a relatively minor crack in your stucco wall can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. First, using a screwdriver, remove any loose stucco debris found in the narrow, minor crack. 

  2. Use a hammer and chisel to carefully, if need be, make an underlying incision along the sides this narrow crack so as to ultimately be filled in with stucco repair compound to provide an overall good bonding when the rest of the crack is filled up with this compound, too.

  3. Having removed the loose debris and made the applicable underlying edge incisions of the crack, use a stiff bristle brush to brush off all the dust and other debris from the crack, as much as may be possible.

  1. Now, it's time to apply the stucco repair compound, and there are two ways to do this: Use a putty knife to apply the stucco repair compound from a can to fill in the crack and give it a nice, smooth finish as the top surface.

Alternatively, use a caulking gun, cocked with a caulking tube of stucco repair compound.  In preparation for this, use a wide strip of masking tape to cover the crack that is to be repaired.  With the crack covered with this masking tape, use a


 carpenter's knife to cut an incision into this tape through which the front tip of the caulking gun will be inserted.  (Using masking tape this way will allow you to fill up the crack without incidentally smearing the sides of the wall with the caulking compound in the process as such excess compound would be "captured"--land on--the masking tape as opposed to the stucco sides; for cleanup, all you'll need to do is rip off the masking tape.) Stick the front tip of the caulking gun in the incision of the tape in order to start filling up the crack; read product manufacturer's instructions as needed. 

Once you fill the crack with the stucco repair caulking compound, you can remove the masking tape as part of the easy cleanup; make sure, in any event, that you remove the masking tape before the compound becomes hard.

  1. Make sure the compound looks good and smooth so as to match the existing stucco scheme as much as possible; use a putty knife to correct any imperfections you notice.

That's what it takes to repair a stucco wall that has a relatively minor crack.

Ed the Handyman


Your Handyman Zone Team


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