Here in California, we remodel plenty of stucco homes and install lots of new windows in their old walls. The tricky part is making a seamless patch between the new window and the old stucco. It’s important to tie the new stucco wire to the wire that reinforces the old work, and it’s always a challenge to expose the old stucco wire without ruining the felt-paper membrane or damaging the sheathing beneath the stucco. As shown in the drawing, I came up with a simple tool to help me deal with the situation.
I started with a 3/16-in. thick steel bar, 2-1/2 in. wide by 20 in. long. I tapped some threaded holes at one end for 10/24 machine screws and used them to attach a gate handle.
Keith Wilson, Mountain View, CA