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I have managed to more than confuse myself, so I'm hoping you all can help me.
I have a 15' x 20' concrete block shed in my backyard. I would like to turn it into a workshop,however, it is an eyesore and nasty creatures can get into it. The concrete blocks are "parged", which I think is the stucco of the South, so I think I can just put a final stucco coat on there so that I can have color.
The confusing part comes from the fascia, soffit and "A" part of the roof. On top of the last layer of concrete blocks, all the way around, are 2x8 pieces of lumber. As far as I can tell, they are not secured to anything but do cover the openings in the concrete blocks. The fascia and soffit don't exist. Instead, there are 2x8 pieces of lumber, I think they are the rafters, standing on their thin sides, and then the angled part of the roof, on it's narrow side too, is nailed to that. Between each 2x8 is a short 2x8 piece of lumber that is nailed to the laying down 2x8's. I can't see that they are attached to anything else, but I think they might keep the rafters from falling over.
The "A" part on the side is plywood, covered with rolled roofing, which is a clever idea but really ugly.
I know it sounds rickety but it's been there since at least 1975. When I bought the house the inspector said it was in good shape.
I would like to make it into a workshop so I need to take care of the parts that are not concrete. Apparently the people I bought the house from fed wild birds and so drew rats and squirrels.
So I thought the best thing to do was to stucco the wood parts. It seems straightforward enough, at least according to the stucco bag, but I can't make out what to do about this:
1. I read somewhere that you should put support boards prior to installing the fascia board. How far back should they go? If they need to rest on the concrete blocks I will need to The
2. The only metal lathe around here is diamond mesh. No one but me seems to know what furring nails are or what self-furring lathe is or does. I have done a good bit of research and reading but I can't tell whether this lathe is self-furring or whether I need to create my own furring nails.
3. The roofing paper the hardware store had is tar paper. Is that the right kind?
I know these are stupid questions, but I just can't figure it out. Redoing the concrete blocks was hard, but fun and it looks so much better. I am very excited about getting the rest done.