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Old 06-26-2011, 07:17 AM   #1
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Greetings all,

I plan to face my front shed wall with real stone about half way up the wall to match my house.

Here are the specifics of the materials:
-- I have foundation footer already in place
-- Wall is currently plywood with roofing paper over it (portion of wall to be faced with stone is 12 x 4)
-- Stone is uncut (various shapes) about 3 to 4 inches thick (heavy)

My Dilemma ==>
Should I create scratch coat (with mesh) against shed wall and mortar stone TO the scratch coat. Or should I leave 1/2 inch gap BETWEEN wall and stone and use brick ties to tie stone to wall??

I see conflicting info out there. I see some that say to use a scratch coat, but at the same time they mention a weeping system. How can you have a gap for a weeping system if you're mortaring stone to the wall?

Any help is appreciated.

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Old 06-26-2011, 08:36 AM   #2
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How are you planning on keeping water from getting behind the stone at the top?
What covers the top 1/2 of the wall?

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How are you planning on keeping water from getting behind the stone at the top?
What covers the top 1/2 of the wall?
The top half of the wall is stucco. There would be a top capping stone that would be angled down at the top of stone section.
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The top half of the wall is stucco. There would be a top capping stone that would be angled down at the top of stone section.
You'll need a metal flashing detail under the stucco to on top of the cap stone to keep water from getting behind the stone.
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Thanks for the info Ron. Any feedback on the initial question of stone installation?
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Thanks for the info Ron. Any feedback on the initial question of stone installation?
I'll let the concrete guys handle that question. They have the experience.
Any reason you couldn't use the scratch coat with the brick ties?
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As long as you've left enough slab for the stone to bear on, I'd certainly suggest laying the stone as a full veneer, with air space, wall ties, and flashing & weeps near the base. 3-4" material is generally far too heavy to adhere to lightweight wood construction, and the cavity detail to a full veneer is far superior anyways.

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