Doing a bathroom remodel in Columbus Ohio, climate zone 5A. Tore down to the studs and discovered that a prior remodel had made swiss cheese out of the framing. So removed the cut up studs because they were no longer functional (due to being cut up). I put in new studs and checked to make sure the top plate was not bowed. But it occurred to me that the exterior sheathing was no longer attached in about a 36″ wide swath. The outside is stucco over wire mesh, nailed to the sheathing and studs. While the previous remodel (1960s) had already done most of the damage, there were probably a few functional attachments left which I cut through when removing the remnants. Of course, I could cut out places in the stucco behind the studs and reattach the sheathing/screening, but I’m not sure I wouldn’t do more damage. So far, no cracks in the stucco. I wondered whether I should put construction adhesive (yuck) on the sheathing behind the studs (2) then reattach the studs. Or just squirt some in. Or just leave it alone. We are contemplating a much larger project down the road to tear off all the stucco, put on exterior insulation (ZIP sheathing or similar), then reclad with something else. But, that project isn’t started yet, and anything could happen in the meantime. Any suggestions?
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