Apply a layer of building paper or tar paper over the sheathing before you put on the chicken wire. The paper will help protect the wood from moisture, a danger because stucco is water-permeable. The wood panels, repeatedly exposed to moisture, would rot. Wet sheathing would also provide a perfect environment for mold, mildew and fungus to flourish.
Roll out a strip of chicken wire four feet long. Use chicken wire 24 inches to 38 inches wide with a one-inch hex. The hex refers to the openings in the chicken wire, which are in the shape of a hexagon. Cut the chicken wire, which is made of flexible galvanized wire, with metal snips. Wear protective gloves.
Hold one end of the chicken wire in place at the top left corner of the project. With a staple gun in the other hand, begin stapling the chicken wire to the paper-covered sheathing. Continue stapling until you reach the end of the strip of chicken wire.
Continue applying chicken wire to the sheathing until the whole surface is covered. As you add new strips, overlap them a couple of inches with the chicken wire already installed.
Things You Will Need
- Building paper or tar paper
- Galvanized nails
- Protective gloves
- Chicken wire
- Metal snips
- Staple gun
- You can use a steel mesh product made specifically for this purpose instead of chicken wire. It is more expensive but easier to affix to the sheathing.