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Old 08-14-2011, 02:01 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

Let me just apologize in advance for not using correct building terminology. I have a house from the 50's with a prefab sunroom that was added later on. The previous owners had a nasty-looking brick veneer on the wall. The brick was glued to what I think was 1/4 pressed wood ( that stuff that looks like really hard cardboard). The pressed wood was nailed to the wall's wood planks. It came off pretty easily.

What I want to do now is either replace it with a nicer brick veneer or stone veneer, but I'm not sure how to prep the wall. Should i still treat it as an exterior wall and put up felt paper? From what I've been reading on the forum and from videos on youtube, i should put up the felt paper, then nail that diamond mesh wire, then a scratch coat and then install the brick or stone. The reason I want stone or brick is because there is a small gas fireplace and i don't know if sheetrock would be suitable. Im also going to use screws to fasten the lose planks and replace some of them with 3/4 plywood. I just finished a complete remodel of a bathroom, so im pretty handy.


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From what I've been reading on the forum and from videos on youtube, i should put up the felt paper, then nail that diamond mesh wire, then a scratch coat and then install the brick or stone.
Yep, You get it all right. Even it's a sunroom its better to treat like outdoor installation.

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I would check the structure under the room to see it will support the added weight.
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To ivinho:
Are you talking about real stone veneer or fake one? The reason I'm asking because if you check the wall structure and found it's unsuitable to bear the heavy weight I'd recommend to consider the artificial stone veneer. its much lighter.
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Are you talking about real stone veneer or fake one? The reason I'm asking because if you check the wall structure and found it's unsuitable to bear the heavy weight I'd recommend to consider the artificial stone veneer. its much lighter.
Even artificial stone has decent weight. Ones I looked at were 10 lbs a sq ft. Job would have been 3/4 ton resting on the floor. Passed on that.
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Thanks for the replies.

I was thinking about using real stone on the account of the fireplace being against the wall but didnt consider the structural integrity. What other options do I have besides stone or brick? Is sheetrock even an option? I don't know when i would be able to get someone to look at it.
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use 2 layers of felt,not just 1 if you want to treat it like an outdoor install

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