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  1. Blue Stone and Paver Walkway Restoration - Help!

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello Gentlemen and Ladies - I have a walkway that consists of Pennsylvania blue stone and pavers. It is very faded and stained and needs some restoration. Any recommendations on how to approach this job and or products to bring it back to life? Pictures are attached. :sad: Thanks in advance...
  2. Stone Patio issues- no drainage, needs repointing

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi Everyone, I have a stone patio with the following problems: 1- It has had a lot of dirt/grime/gunk in the stone. The stone is also somewhat pitted, likely because the previous owner didn't seal it. 2- After 7 hours over 2 days I've been able to remove a lot of it using a bleach solution a...
  3. 2-story stone fireplace load considerations

    Building & Construction
    We have a new house (built last year) with an open floor plan. We have a 2-story living room and have recently installed a faux fireplace on the one wall. By faux fireplace, I mean we built a bump out, stoned it up to the ceiling and installed an electric fireplace. It's a little late now, but I...
  4. Install granite wall caps

    Project Showcase
    I finally did it. After a year of waiting that I had prepared the stones are able to place them on the wall fence. not perfect but I saved a lot of money This is the final result
  5. Stone over Wood - outdoor landing - Help

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a corner porch, covered with 1" sandstone on a concrete base. To get to the ground are steps with a 4' x 6" landing at the top next to the porch. One side is next to the porch, one side is next to the wood siding of the house. The landing is robustedly build with a 6x6 post hold the...
  6. Foundation: Exterior stone, windows, gas and sewer line

    Building & Construction
    We will be getting an engineering report for foundation work in North Texas. There is a 7" drop over about 20 feet of slab (it is cracked about two thirds of the way along the 20 feet). What do you do with the space that will be created once the lift occurs? Also it seems most companies I...
  7. Loose Faux Stone Veneer

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a strip of faux stone veneer on the exterior of my house that has seem to come loose. After peeking behind it, I noticed that whoever installed it didn't use a moisture barrier and just glued it to plywood. Whats my best course of action on how to fix this? I was thinking that I cut it...
  8. Repair stone walkway/steps

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, brand new to this forum, nice to have a DIY group of folks to share thoughts with... I'm pretty resourceful and somewhat knowledgable in areas but landscape and masonry is not one of them. We're staring at the walkway to our home where recently one of the stones on the edge of the step...
  9. Some thoughts on remedying the foundation issue

    Building & Construction
    Hi all! My old house has been having some foundation issue. Previous owner has taken some action on it. My contractor has unfortunately applied to incorrect mortar internally to fill the gap. I'm wondering what would be the best cost effective strategy and why. Anyways, video speaks better than...
  10. Mortar for Fieldstone foundation

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have read some posts regarding the type of mortar shall be used for old fieldstone foundation. I have a old house (100+ years old) and the foundation has been having issues, such as leaning. Prior owner did some work but long story short, my contractor used: quikrete dot com / productlines...
  11. How do we deal with brick ledges when using stone veneer?

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We are novices using mortar to apply Harristone Ridgestone veneer over our existing exterior brick. We are confused at how to handle existing brick ledge areas or door areas where the stone would be too high or stick out too much (see photos). Would we just use a drill and diamond blade to cut...
  12. Acrylic Paint Paint Removal from Stone

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I would like to freshen up the front of my house. It's over 100 years old and stone built. The window and door surrounds are solid stone and in the past they have been unsympathetically painted over with acrylic paint to cover the dirt which would have accumulated. The paint is now...
  13. Concrete/Stone Steps - Water Marks

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I recently purchased a new construction home and after it rains the front entrance steps will remain wet/damp for more than 2 weeks. The wet marks have a somewhat consistent stain pattern/shape. There is no water drainage or leaks from above and the neighboring houses (same...
  14. Doing a project on Stonemasonry, need your help.

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm doing a project on the Stonemason profession and to get a better insight to the job, I'd like anyone who works doing this to step forward. I'd love to know the basics like: What do you enjoy most about it, and what is your least favorite part? What do you specialise in exactly? How long...
  15. Question On Footings For Pillars/wall

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Got a project I'm doing on my own house in between other work I'm doing. I'm in CT between zone5/zone 6. First time I'm doing a stone wall, I typically do a lot of fireplaces, veneer facings, etc. and I have bit of an odd setup here with an existing platform. Here is what I'm working with...
  16. Replace fireplace bars

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We have an old homemade stone fireplace at our cabin that we use for outdoor grilling. The three 1" steel support pipes embedded in the stone above the firebox have rusted out and need to be replaced. Is there any way to do that without removing the stone to reach the ends? If I cut the rods in...
  17. "loose" pebble bathroom flooring

    Flooring
    Hiya folks! I'm been thinking about remodeling my bathroom and alternatives to standard tile flooring. An important bit of information is that I've never done this before. Has anyone heard of or experience with the following: Instead of tile, putting down the subfloor and then a layer of...
  18. 1910's Stone Basement Parging Interior

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Thanks for looking at my post. I am no expert on masonry, so forgive my ignorance on the topic. It'd be great to hear some validation the research I've found. My house was built in the 1910s in Philadelphia has a stone foundation. I've experienced no leakage, but I do notice that the parge coat...
  19. Crumbling mortar “cornerstone” on 100 year old barn

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I’m hoping to get some advice and ideas on how to preserve the signed “cornerstone” of our old barn. It’s not really a true cornerstone. It actually appears to be an area of mortar applied on top of an aggregate concrete (sorry if I use the wrong terms). The concrete was used to fill between...
  20. Steps for an Egress Well from Wall Block

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi- I'm turning a basement window into an egress window and looking for some guidance on the well wall - this would be almost exactly my target final product. I'm in northern Virginia so our frostline is around 24". The exterior wall of the house around the window is cinder block, it's...
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