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Construction Concerns: Parging

By Gregory Havel Parging (or pargeting) is a way to apply a smooth surface to a masonry wall. It is most commonly used to apply a smooth surface to the exterior of a masonry foundation so that a waterproofing compound can be applied more easily. Parging is also frequently used to cover up deteriorating masonry on the outsides of buildings or to provide a smooth surface for application of new finishes on the inside and outside of a building. Photo 1 shows a wall of a building that has parging. The adjacent building was demolished, and its absence left this wall more exposed to the weather than its builders had intended. As in most older commercial buildings, the wall facing the street was ...

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