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Question DetailsAsked on 5/15/2017

Is it safe to put felt paper over wet wood when building a wall with stone facade

Our contractor is building a knee wall wood construction
To be covered by the black felt paper water nation then metal lath and
Eventually scratch coat and so on but it has been raining for 2 days all wood is wet and they are installing the paper and lath over wet wood will this cause structural problems or mold and mildew

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Certainly not best practice -


walls dry out pretty well when wet UNLESS it is chronically raining or very humid in your area this time of year. While you might get a bit of mildew or mold in the walls, as long as they are watertight in the long run not likely to be serious unless a family member is highly susceptible to asthma or mold allergies or such.


Personally, I would be more worried about the wood warping as it is drying out, popping the facade off. Not a major conceren if fake stone papels - but if real stone or brick facade I would not want the framing moving around it after installation. Since you talked about a scratch coat, unless the rest of the exterior is going to be stucco, sounds like you are talking real stone - half thickness or veneer or such maybe.


What I would do in that case - if the interior of the wall is open to the air (not covered with vapor barrier and drywall) I would put on the water barrier on the outside (the felt) and metal lath and maybe scratch coat it, then let the wood dry to at least a surface-dry condition before doing the finished exterior.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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