Tearing off the Fake Rock and Stucco – Finally Fixing my Home!

Nov 10 2019
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Tearing off the incorrectly installed rock and 100 year old stucco. I have to fix my house and put up new siding. I’ve reached a defcon level 18 emergency – Its not just the rock that’s falling off that’s making me so stressed that this HAD TO BE DONE THIS SUMMER ASAP. Its not even the fact that I know I’m probably getting water damage too. There is actually one other thing that made it absolutely paramount that I get this done as soon as possible. My ex didn’t fix the stucco behind the rock or the rotting old wood behind that. He just slapped the fake stone up, no flashing, no prep – NOTHING. So mice have made a highway into my house.

DISCLAIMER: I know this post coming out in November is really weird. But us northerners only have so many decent days for outdoor work so, to catch you guys up on everything I got done here this summer, its gonna take awhile! So, here is my lovely August yard lol

The rock is literally just FALLING off my house.

Every time I’ve slammed my front door I’ve heard another piece drop! Its like my house was molting!

Fortunately he only covered about half of all of the stucco so that’s less rock for me to move. (I guess in this case his laziness was a blessing in disguise lol.)

Summer to-do-list finally finishing my garage, putting in raised beds in my garden and replacing the rock on the outside of my house with siding!Summer to-do-list finally finishing my garage, putting in raised beds in my garden and replacing the rock on the outside of my house with siding!Summer to-do-list finally finishing my garage, putting in raised beds in my garden and replacing the rock on the outside of my house with siding!

With the rock falling off critters of all sizes have just been coming right in through the 100 year old stucco and rotting house.

One afternoon I had a chip monk walk by me so casually in my living room that I swear he said, “I’m going to the kitchen, you want anything while I’m up?” TWICE I’ve been in the basement with a broom arguing with a red squirrel.

I love little critters. I love my raccoons, my chip monks, my ermines, my squirrels and, yes, even my field mice. I have no interest in hurting or killing anything if I don’t have to… But I had an ungodly, truly horrifying, absolutely disgusting, mouse infestation.

I put out traps and caught EIGHT mice the first night in my kitchen. I felt like an awful person but I was also totally creeped out to my core. I’m not a squeamish chicka by any means but: OHMYGOD!!!!!!!.

I killed them all. It was Mousageddon.

I finally got some peace but not for good, of course, I have to keep traps out all the time. (Own a house they said… it’ll be fun they said….) I literally went through every single corner and space in my entire home and disinfected and washed EVERYTHING. If it was a cardboard box chances were I found a mouse nest in it.

I washed every single dish, glass and pan and I sprayed out the inside of my cabinets with vinegar after vacuuming them out – I get nauseous just thinking about it.

So, for two years now (since I threw my ex out) I knew I HAD to get rid of the fake rock, rip off the stucco and fix my house and replace it all. Fortunately, I ordered several boxes of extra siding when I purchased it for my house and garage. I even have extra house wrap! So, except for screws, flashing and J-channel this isn’t going to cost me much!

… Well, ya know, if my time is worth nothing …

The fake rock came off just by tapping on it… the real labor was moving it (it weighs a lot… it is concrete after all) and it really REALLY beat me up. Friends of mine had a use for it so all I had to do was make a pile and wave that shit goodbye.

The old chicken wire stuff that’s really sharp and gives the stucco something to stick to was like carrying a torture device around and left me with what will become several new scars.

My mom stopped by and found her dirty, sweaty daughter curled up in a fetal position in the yard.
Mom: Is this what winning looks like?
Me: Yeah
Mom: Do you want me to get you a beer?
Me: Yeah

It was really just an awful, shitty job, made ten times worse by also having to remove and move that damn fake stone and at least 100 pounds of mortar. Three blisters, lots of lost skin and no small amount of blood and sweat, I tackled it like I was storming an enemy beach head!

And I made a TREMENDOUS mess in my yard!

Tearing off the fake rock, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeTearing off the fake rock and stucco, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeTearing off the fake rock, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeTearing off the fake rock and stucco, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeTearing off the fake rock and stucco, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeTearing off the fake rock and stucco, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeTearing off the fake rock and stucco, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeTearing off the fake rock, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeTearing off the fake rock and , fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my home

I started with my biggest hammer, my magic bar and my big crow bar… and I actually ended up with my pickax which I used almost exclusively. At the best of times the stucco came off like a skin, in the worst of times I felt like Andy in the Shawshank Redemption literally hacking away an inch at a time. All in, over three days, and the use of every single swear word in existence, I ripped the last of it off!

I heard the ghost of my ex mentioning a hole in the back south/west corner that was “not a big deal, stone and mortar will fix it” so I expected that corner to be the worst and probably where the entrance to my mouse highway was.

I had absolutely no idea how bad it really was.

I’m lucky I didn’t have raccoons in my basement!

I replaced all the rotting wood that I found and filled every hole with steel wool. I was talking to my house the whole time, “Oh girl I’m SO sorry, let’s get you all fixed up!”

This job is going to be one of those landmarks for me. I’m going to be in the dentist chair and a voice is going to pop up in the back of my head, “Ya know that rock your ex put up that you had to rip off because he was too lazy to ever do a job right? Yeah, the dentist isn’t too bad now is it Chicka? Just lay back and enjoy the nice comfy chair!”

Life really is all about perspective… I got the flashing and house wrap up that weekend too so I am now officially ready for NEW SIDING!

IT WORKED GUYS, THIS REALLY WAS THE HIGHWAY MY MICE WERE COMING IN AT! I NO LONGER HAVE ANY CRITTER PROBLEMS!

Tearing off the fake rock, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeTearing off the fake rock and stucco, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeTearing off the fake rock and stucco, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeTearing off the fake rock and stucco, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my home

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22 Comments

  1. November 10, 2019 at 7:28 am

    How do you know what to do on all of these projects? I was attempting to hang something yesterday in my grands room and could not even hang a picture straight while you are tearing out rock and stucco and fixing a giant hole. I am impressed! I love the house by the way! Keep up the good work!!

    • November 12, 2019 at 9:21 am

      lol Well, at this point its just experience, I’ve been doing this kind of thing for so long now so that helps a lot! But I grew up in a DIY family it was always “figure it out!” And many times it took MANY tries to do it right lol Thank you so much for coming by!

  2. Kathy H
    November 10, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Wow Girl, you really need Winter to get to your “neck of the woods”. Your Summers are so busy Now maybe you can sit, relax and read a book on the weekends. You and your “projects” always impress me. Keep warm… Kathy

    • November 12, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Thank you Kathy and YES I agree, this is definitely the first winter I’m kind of looking forward to!

  3. November 10, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Honestly, girl you crack me up—we had an old Victorian at one time…that had a warped screen door and well a wood pile…let’s say a foyer for the mice to come in. Your experiences are always informative and entertaining. There really is no such thing as half a fix….it’s either done or not done…Looks great…and looking forward to your next ‘experiences’!

    • November 12, 2019 at 9:46 am

      Oh Sandi, I hear ya about those old victorians, they are gorgeous but certainly come with their own problems! Thanks so much for coming by 🙂

  4. November 10, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Whew! You are an amazing woman! I admire all your strength and hard work to get things done. Seems like your exes motto was….let me just do a half ass job at anything I do. Beyond thrilled you are done with that man! God bless you Tarah.

    • November 12, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Thank you so much Jill! I am nearly finished with fixing and redoing all he did wrong here when that happens I am so totally going to celebrate lol

  5. Carol L Dammer
    November 10, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Oh my goodness so sorry you had to go through all of that…what a trooper you are. So glad you now have a vermin free house. Relax and enjoy for awhile.

    • November 12, 2019 at 9:55 am

      Thank you Carol, I’m so glad to finally be getting all done!

  6. Nancy
    November 10, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    God gave you the most amazing genes. You are tenacious, hardworking, skillful and lovely. God blessed you and may he continue to do so as well as keep all the critters where they belong-OUTSIDE! You remind me of my younger self. God has been good to me all theses years. So don’t ever give up. As you get older, you will realize what a rewarding and successful life that you have made for yourself.

    • November 12, 2019 at 9:57 am

      Thank you so much Nancy and you are SO right, I felt all the ladies in my family with me doing all of this. They were all tough, smart and stubborn and could do anything they put their minds too lol!

  7. November 10, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I love reading your post and seeing what your up to now. Your not going to know what to do this winter when your stuck in side because of the snow.

    • November 12, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Hi Cheryl, yep once I get rested up I predict I’ll be climbing the walls like normal this winter lol!

  8. Pat M.
    November 10, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Hey, we’ve suffered along with you, so please show us pictures of your beautiful home with it’s new siding all installed.
    So sorry about the critters. It doesn’t take long for them to take over and maybe let you live there if you’re nice. :>)

    • November 12, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Hi Pat, the pictures are coming I promise! SO glad to finally have it all done, thanks for coming by!

  9. Gang,gang.
    November 10, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Yo Girl. You are spot on. How easy is it to just make it look good. When you know its WRONG. Do it right ,sleep at night. See what I did there. Also mine is the same. Hope Im az diligent as yiu were. Great job

    • November 12, 2019 at 10:03 am

      It was crazy tough but now that its done I am SO relieved! Peace of mind is totally worth it!

  10. November 11, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    OMG laughing so hard! What a schmuck covering all that crappy rotting wood, man what a mess. Good for you tackling it, hang in there!!! No more rodents/animals, yay!

    • November 12, 2019 at 10:04 am

      Thanks Nancy, I try my damnedest to always keep a sense of humor! So glad that yucky job is behind me!

  11. November 14, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    You rock with your writing!! Spectacular one for sure.

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