Forum Title: Removing slider door from stucco house
Hi all, I'm planning on replacing a slider on a 20 year old stucco house with a pella hinged patio door. I was going to have it installed but Pella provides detailed DIY install instructions and the warranty still applies. I need the entire house painted so I'll have the stucco repaired professionally. However, the Pella instructions do not have any info on removing existing stucco. From what I gather, you want to cut through the stucco and lath but not the house wrap (although I'm not sure about the feasibility of not damaging the existing house wrap). So after snapping some straight lines around the door (Pella recommends 9) I would use a circ saw with diamond blade set to 1/2 or so and slowly increase this after every pass until it's clear I'm barely through the stucco. Then very carefully chip away the stucco with chisels striking only towards the door. I also have a stucco/foam bumpout around the door but of course that would just come off with the rest of the stucco. Is this about right? Also, I saw some videos on how they make a seal from the new flashing paper to the old and normally it's done with sealant at the stucco edge. However, the video says this is not really enough for 2 story houses with small overhangs. Just so I know, what would be the technique to seal the new flashing paper to the old for a wall that may see some wind driven rain? Thanks
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: VICTOR PRICE (Lawrence, KS), 01/30/2019

Welcome to the forums! I'd clean out the crack a little and then caulk between the stucco and the wood frame.

- JEANETTE WADE (Parma, OH), 02/22/2019

You are right, there is foam under the stucco! I took off an electrical box and poked around - there is about1 thick light blue foam under the lath and stucco. The house wrap is a dark grey paper over what is most likely OSB. i also dug in a little where the fin would be, under the bumpout, right next to the slider frame and all i could find is what looked like smooth cement. I chipped at it a little but it's really hard. Thanks for the reply, JLC is great. I will look up the article but please let me know your thoughts also.

- ANTHONY LEE (Peoria, AZ), 02/14/2019

Since your wall is EIFS, you should be able to do what I mentioned... score the foam and the stucco coating with your skilsaw (an abrasive blade works best to cut the EIFS) and be sure you aren't cutting all the way through. You don't want to cut 9 away from the door... I would think that if you have 6 foam trim bumped out around your windows, then that is how far you should cut from your new door edges. If your new door is 72x81 and you want 6 trim on each side, that's pretty easy to figure. You'd cut an opening in the EIFS that is 84x87. But like I said, you sometimes will get a more accurate cut if you cut twice. Cut out just enough to get the door in, then AFTER it's been installed, measure 6 away from the door perimeter, make a line, and then cut, removing the remainder so that you can tape, and then it's ready to have a nice straight piece of foam laid back in. If you have grey paper, that's probably Typar. If you don't disturb it, all you will have to do is use some window and door flashing tape to tape the new door nailing fin to the Typar. Then your EIFS guys can come back and patch the EIFS. The JLC article I was thinking of really doesn't apply since you have EIFS, but it was in the July 2007 issue, Replacing doors in stucco. If you want to see what they've written lately about EIFS, I'd suggest you google: +JLC +EIFS

- GEORGIA WOLFE (Folsom, CA), 02/28/2019

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