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How to install fireplace mantel on stone fireplace

This is the stone fireplace in our house: The rocks are quite big and the surface is very uneven. We want to install this stone fireplace surround: I have several questions: I assume I have to cut ...
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Identify stone used for exterior veneer

I have some stone that I am trying to identify. It was installed as an exterior veneer on a house in Alberta. At the moment, there is about 90 square feet of the stuff in the basement (removed to ...
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Foundation depth for mortared stone wall

I am building a mortared stone retaining wall and I am wondering on what depth to dig down for the foundation with which the stones will sit on. From what I gather from resarching, they say to dig ...
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Drilling into stone wall with plaster on top

I'm trying to hang a curtain rod. The wall is irregular stone, with plaster covering it. I have masonry bits, a drill, and an impact driver (no hammer drill, though I may be able to borrow one). When ...
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How to make a cavity in a stone?

I'm installing a firewood rack outside, and want for one side of it to stand on a large stone we have there. The boulder is irregularly shaped and the metal legs of the rack may slip off -- so I'd ...
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1790 brick Federal home with fieldstone foundation

We live in a 1790 brick federal upstate NY with a fieldstone foundation. The basement has above ground windows, and is the same footprint as the upstairs floors. The walls of the basement are all ...
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Can you install stone veneer at an angle?

I'm thinking of covering my brick fireplace with 6"x24" stone veneer panels and wondered about doing something like setting all the rows on an angle or having the left and right sides each angled up ...
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is it recomended to install 3/8" travertine stone tile directly onto drywall for a kitchen back splash

I am have a debate with a client and partner as to whether we need to install a hardy board over the existing drywall ( including with screws and adhesive ) before installing travertine for a kitchen ...
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Gabion walls as retaining walls?

There's a lot of information about DIY gabion walls, but none of the applications that I've seen on YouTube and elsewhere talk about gabion walls as retaining walls. I would imagine that a gabion wall ...
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What mesh to buy (and where to buy it) for gabion walls? [closed]

I'd like to build a DIY gabion wall. I've watched many tutorials, but I'm at a loss on where to buy the mesh the build the baskets from. I saw the mesh at the local Home Depot store and it was rusted, ...
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Unable to drill into window lintel - what have I got wrong?

I'm new to DIY so forgive my lack of knowledge! Just bought a house and have ordered blinds to fit inside the window recesses. Fitting them involves drilling into the top of the window recess to ...
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Stone surround repair advice

We have a stone surround to our fireplace. I have noticed stone/cement dust often around it. about a week ago this stone came loose when my son hit it with a toy car. I have now noticed at least one ...
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How do I cut this material to put in a coach light

I'd like to put in a coach light just like the one below on the other side of the garage. The garage isn't finished, so the wiring will be easy. But I'm not sure how to cut through this thick stone ...
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what is the most effective way to grout between ROUGH, SMALL stones? (picture)

This is my first tile job ever and I'm ready to grout. I used white 3" x 6" Daltile ceramic subway tile, and also an accent from Whispering Cliffs Mosaic Stone tile. I have attached two pictures: I ...
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What is proper ratio of sand to portland cement to use for repairing a 30 yr old stone wall

I have a 30 year old stone 12" high stone wall that needs to be patched up. There are small voids where stone has fallen out. My question is what is the ratio of portland cement to sand used to ...
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Should Ceramic Columns be Covered for Winter in New York?

I live in a house that has decorative outdoor columns on our patio. Every year, for winter, I help my dad tie up the columns in a protective plastic wrapping. It usually takes all day Saturday, and ...
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How can I stop foot-prints showing in Vitrified paving?

We've had some vitrified paving laid at the front of the house. We're noticing that footprints are very visible (if someone comes to the door, we can see the exact route they took). Is there a way ...
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why river stones needed close to foundation

I often observe that some houses have a strip of lawn adjacent to the foundation removed, and replaced with pebbles, river stone or alike. I understand this does not serve only decorative purpose. ...
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How to repair the voids in this stone wall

I have a stone wall and steps in my yard that have voids that need patching What is the best way to fill these holes Is there some type of cement that can be used or some other material to fill the ...
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What kind of paint should I use to paint a field stone foundation wall?

I have a 1900 house with a field stone foundation. The foundation is in good shape. There is minimal moisture. I want to paint the walls to make it look nicer. What kind of paint should I be using? I ...
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How would I, or how much would it cost, to remove this stone pond?

New homeowner here. This is in my backyard. It is overgrown and non-functional in any way. I'm honestly not 100% sure what it was, but I assume it was a pond. The back of the pond is joined with ...
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How to seal the hole for a spigot through a stone wall

I have a faulty spigot, which goes from the basement of the house, between two joists, to the outside. The outside is a stone wall which is about six inches thick. There is already a hole through ...
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Permeable pavers for patio?

Currently we have a traditional deck off of the kitchen that needs the boards replaced. Rather than switching to composite decking, I was thinking of pulling the deck and putting in permeable pavers (...
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Proper real limestone veneer installation.?

I am having a company do stone veneer on my house. I’ve never done it myself and wanted a pro job done. I’m replacing the siding myself and have a pretty good understanding of carpentry skills when it ...
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How clean up linseed oil stains after spill on stone patio?

A contractor spilled linseed oil on my stone patio, staining a large area. I tried cleaning the stone with simple dish soap & water, and it had absolutely no effect. I fear that the oil has been ...
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Ideas to finish the edge of my wall with decorative stone

I have installed decorative stone in some of my walls, I really like how the look like, though the pictures don't make justice, but I'm not really happy with the edges since I don't have a wall that ...
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Cloudy white film spots on surface of stone sealer

After sealing a stone tile surface outdoors, these white cloudy spots appeared within a day or two. They appear more frequently near the grout than the tile, but not exclusively. What caused this, and ...
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How should I support a stone mantel on a brick fireplace?

Planning to use a slab of limestone, 4" high by 8" deep by 5' long, as a floating mantel shelf for a fireplace remodel. The existing fireplace is red (Chicago) brick. I'm resurfacing with ...
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Can I use Kerdi Board instead of Cement Board to thinset natural stone tile?

I've got these split face natural stones that come in 24 x 6 panels, and I was going to install them onto Cement Board using thinset. Checking the boards out (Permabase Plus), they contain silicates ...
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Installing 'TruStone' veneer, directly on painted drywall?

I stumbled onto a deal on TruStone SplitFace veneer (looks like stacked stones, glued together), and was hopeful to install them in the front entrance no higher than 5ft high. The surface is just ...
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What type of mortar should I use to repair a flat flagstone roof?

My garage has a flat flagstone roof. It is around 100 yrs old and is leaking. There are some cracks in the mortar. What kind of concrete mortar mix should I use to stop water from seeping through?
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How to fix rocking stone slab stair?

My stone slab stair started rocking back and forth this spring. How can I properly fix it? Obviously it's very heavy, so lifting/moving it is a challenge. I'm in Ontario, Canada (in case it matters ...
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Can quartz be sealed? If so, would it have beneficial effects?

Quartz is not supposed to scratch and is not supposed to stain. Furthermore its not supposed to require sealing (unlike natural stone like granite). I have what appears to be low quality quartz ...
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backer board for fireplace stack stone

I'm redoing my fireplace wall with stack real stone ledger panels. Can I just use 5/8" cement board on the wall with no scratch coat ?
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Possible to salvage bowed sandstone slabs for porch steps?

Are there are any techniques to flatten out bowed sandstone slabs in a relatively short period of time (e.g. laying them out in a flat spot of the driveway and keeping them wet for a few weeks)? Or, ...
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Backer board bowing on 24" inch steel studs for rock ledger panel installation

I wanted to screw Hardie backer board (.42") over my drywall to the steel studs to adhere 6" x 24" x1" stone ledger panels using polymer modified thin-set, floor to ceiling is 12'. Problem is that ...
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What type of paint can I use for exterior flagstone?

So I have this beautiful flagstone...which normally I would like but, as you can see, it doesnt match with our house whatsoever. Im thinking we have two options: paint our whole house to match the ...
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Mount TV in stone facade or drill through to chimney block?

I'm mounting a television above my fireplace mantle. I know about the heat and neck strain issues, and they are outside the scope of this question. I am looking for an answer as to whether the stone ...
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How to stop a wall from falling

My Beloved Barn roof has almost gone and, without the money to repair it, I had to let it go. This has meant the walls have started to go and, as you can see from the picture, half the front part has ...
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Long lasting structures: a comparison

How long does each composite hold given that the structures are built in the northern hemisphere e.g scandinavia. If not known, perhaps a prediction could be made. Rebar cage + concrete: 100 years. ...
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Can the gravel used under my pool be used patio stone?

We bought our first house recently and have dove head first into renovations and landscaping. One thing that is really bugging us is the state of our back yard. We sold our above-ground pool and ...
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Application of stone veneer over painted wall

I need to install stone veneer over second floor exterior painted wall. Is it necessary to strip the paint off or can it be applied over the paint with just mortar?
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Stone raised garden bed on a slope

I want to build a raised garden bed with a stone wall. Height would be 1 foot. Since this will be in the front of the house I'm looking at "nice" stone, so not just concrete blocks. I will probably do ...
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Drill hole through rock wall?

I have boulder stone foundation and would like to drill a hole through it for a gas line. How can I do this? The rocks in the foundation tend to be about 12 to 20 inches and diameter and they are ...
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What is long-term impact of decorative boulders near a house foundation wall?

I live in 1500 sq ft house with unfinished basement. I'm planning to put some stones outside house near walls (in garden). And have a plan to put some plants around it (for decoration). My concern ...
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fireplace door and stone veneer over brick fireplace

Do you install fireplace door before laying stone veneer or after the fact? Suppose you do it "BEFORE", then the installation is clear, you just screw that metal frame to the bricks from inside. Here ...
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Easiest way to replace mortar around door?

I have a stone house and some of the mortar around one of my door frames has completely eroded away, there are big gaps and I can now see the screws that once screwed into the mortar too hold the door ...
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How can I fix gaps and broken mortar in a stone path

I have a stone path that is all broken up. What's a quick and cheap way to fix it? Please see the picture. There are several areas in the path that have this issue. Would putting a strip of concrete ...
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how to fix gap in stone front steps

these are the steps on the front porch :$ what's the best way to fill the hole and put a stone in front so it doesn't show such a big gap? thanks for your help.
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Smart counter around kitchen sink

I am replacing my kitchen, and I'm going to use bamboo for the kitchen top. Imagine the rough layout where T = Top, W = Wall, S = Sink, R = Refrigerator. WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW ...