Climb the ladder to reach the area where you want your Christmas lights to go.
Drill a pilot hole into the stucco with a drill bit the same size as the masonry screws you will use. Insert a plastic sleeve in the stucco, and place a screw in the sleeve to make sure it's a good fit, then remove them.
Fill the hole halfway with a silicon caulk to cement the plastic anchor into the wall and prevent water from penetrating the wall.
Push the plastic anchor into the hole. The anchor may have a tight fit, but you should be able to insert it into the hole using only your fingers. If it requires extra force, use the handle of a screwdriver or another lightweight object to gently tape it into place. Wipe away any excess caulk that squeezes out of the hole.
Screw a bracket into the wall to hold your Christmas lights. Drive the screw straight into the plastic anchor.
Repeat this process every 24 inches (2 feet) along the path where you want to hang your Christmas lights. Once all brackets are in place, hang your lights on the brackets.
Stucco is a finishing plaster that can be applied to the outside of brick, concrete or block walls in order to add new life to a home or to hide any inconsistencies or irregularities in the home's existing exterior finish. Stucco can be applied by most homeowners of any skill level with the assistance of the right tools and the stucco mixture. Before the stucco can be applied to an exterior surface, the concrete, brick or blocks must be properly prepared.
Inspect the exterior brick, concrete or blocks. They should be clean and free of any dust. If the exterior is not clean, remove any dirt, debris and dust with a power washer.
Allow the exterior walls to dry before continuing.
Apply a layer of concrete bonding agent to the exterior walls with a paintbrush. You may need a ladder or scaffolding to apply the bonding agent depending upon the height of the home or structure.
Allow the bonding agent to dry completely, which could take several hours depending on the outside temperature.
Apply the stucco.
Scrape away the damaged stucco from the wall with the drywall knife. Stop removing parts of the stucco once it feels firm.
Scrape the exposed surface with the wire brush to catch all remaining bits of stucco and to soften the edges of the existing stucco.
Wet the wall so that it is damp to the touch.
Place a portion of the stucco onto the builder's hawk, using the trowel. The hawk is a flat board that you can hold in one hand while stuccoing the wall.
Apply the stucco to the damaged area of the foundation with the trowel. Sweep the stucco, working from the bottom of the application area to the top, then drag the flat side of the trowel across the stucco to smooth it out so that it is even with the existing stucco.
Soak the rubber float in water, then run it across the stucco repair to further smooth it out and to skillfully integrate the edges of the recently applied stucco with the present stucco.
Use an angle grinder to remove sharp edges or heavy points on the wall. Grind away "high" spots so that the wall is fairly even. As a general rule, no points on the existing wall should extend more than 1/4 inch past the shallowest voids in the stucco. This will prevent parts of the old stucco from sticking through the new application.
Clean the wall using a garden hose with a spray nozzle. Start at the base of the wall and move up to remove dirt and grime. The spray nozzle will also exert a bit of pressure on the wall to wash away loose stucco and dust.
Allow the wall to dry overnight, then apply a coat of concrete bonding agent. Paint the bonding agent on using a long-bristled brush, making sure to cover all voids and cracks in the wall. Bonding agent is used to keep moisture from the new stucco from soaking into the existing wall, which minimizes cracks and damage over time.
Blend a pre-mixed stucco mixture with water according to the manufacturer's instructions. Stir the mixture thoroughly using a drill with a paddle bit. Properly mixed stucco should form a thick paste, and should not be overly liquefied.
Apply a 1/4-inch base coat of stucco to the wall using a trowel. Wait about an hour until the stucco begins to harden, then use a plasterer's rake to scratch lines in the wall. These lines help to create a textured surface to which the final coat of stucco can adhere. Allow this coat to dry overnight.
Mix a second batch of stucco using the procedure outlined in Step 4. Apply a final 1/4-inch coat of stucco, using your trowel to create the desired texture. By changing the angle and pressure of the trowel, you can greatly modify the stucco's appearance. Experiment with different textures as you work to find the one you prefer.