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Old 04-28-2017, 10:09 AM   #1
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Stacked Stone (MSI Silver Travertine) installation gaps


I had stacked stone installed as part of my new finished basement and have notices several large gaps in it. Would this be likely due to improper install or use of bad pieces?

I'm trying to determine if I should
1) leave it as is.
2) attempt to grout the gaps to fill the space or
3) demand they be ripped out one reinstalled.

I don't see how you could fix the offending ones without ripping them all out so I am looking at ways to fill these voids. Any opinions or suggestions would be much appreciated!

Tearing down is not my preferred option as I dont trust they have the ability to install them correctly.

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Here is a better zoomed in picture.
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Re: Stacked Stone (MSI Silver Travertine) installation gaps


Is that a non-structural veneer wall? What did your contract specify as to the appearance of the wall?
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Is that a non-structural veneer wall? What did your contract specify as to the appearance of the wall?
I believe so. It is the backsplash over the wet bar. He also did my fireplace using the same material and that doesn't have any of these noticible gaps.
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My contract was very informal and did not specify details on how the stone would be installed, only that it would be installed and I would pay for the cost of materials.
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If your contractor lived up to the terms and conditions of the contract, I don't see why you think you have the right to ask him to reinstall the stone, simply because you do not like the appearance. In general, contractors are only required to follow the terms and conditions of the contract, unless there is something illegal going on (for example, you enter into a contract to install a new electrical system, and the contract specifies that the contractor will not pull a permit). If you don't like the appearance, I think the best you can do is to discuss your concerns with the contractor to see what they might be willing to do.
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Yes I agree. I'm not looking to have it reinstalled or pull the contract and get nasty. He has done a lot of sketchy things that I will not elaborate on, but he has also been willing to do some extra things that were not in the contract that I am very satisfied with.

I really want to fix it myself or leave it as is and was looking for opinions on what I should do and how bad this looked. I was surprised to see all of these gaps and they are permanently there.

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Re: Stacked Stone (MSI Silver Travertine) installation gaps


Find a tube of colored caulk, carefully fill and gently wash any excess away with a damp sponge.

Magic :the gaps are filled and disguised to not be seen unless you say something to the viewer.

Get caulk the same color as the grout lines .


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Re: Stacked Stone (MSI Silver Travertine) installation gaps


Doesn't look that bad in the picture. I was going to get that stuff for a fireplace, i thought it was idiot proof for my mason but I guess not.
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Tough to get in there without making a mess. Caulk is pretty sticky. It might be impossible to clean up if you get it on the surface. If you go that way, consider pumping it through a flattened drinking straw to get it way in there. Maybe tape off both sides of the crack. Maybe use regular grout and pump it through a baby syringe. I'd definitely do some experimenting first.
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Thanks for the suggestions and comments. I will experiment in some of the less visible locations and tape before I caulk.
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