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Stone veneer fireplace with TV mount and mantle

I'm currently attempting to create a "stone" accent wall where I plan on installing a fireplace mantel and TV mount. I purchased and hung cement board to my frame and came across a few ...
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Best tool and approach to cut new hole for airbrick in Victorian stone house wall?

It has been recommended by a building surveyor that will install another airbrick in the external wall of our Victorian house to help with airflow in the sub floor. I have seen multiple examples ...
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Proper base for stone walkways

The stone walkways around my house have all come apart to various degrees. I'd like to find a solution that will last for at least a few years. Is pouring a concrete base the right way to go? Or is ...
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How to remove interior stone wall facade

What is the best way to remove the rock wall facade around the fireplace and on the whole wall? The floor in the room is currently old vinyl that we are going to rip out and replace.
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Stone wall meets a wooden wall

I have recently taken down a wooden wall that was attached to a stone wall. I am interested in finishing the stone wall by repointing and leaving it exposed. My question is about the wooden wall that ...
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Widening my driveway

I removed some trees and now widening my driveway as illustrated in the image below. Not sure how to proceed because I'm stuck on the following questions: What type of driveway is it? Dirt? Crushed ...
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Crushed cinder block a substitute for crushed stone?

I have two projects and I'm hoping there's a synergy between them. The first project is the demolition of a small cinder block wall that has just been completed. The second project is building a ...
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Is this brick knee wall tied in to the main wall?

We would like to remove the L-shaped brick "knee wall" in the picture on the left. The picture on the right shows the seam between the knee wall and the main wall of the house. Is the knee ...
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Polymeric sand or replace original paver sand?

My back patio is made from closely placed paver bricks. Weeds and moss grow up from between the cracks. I've pressure washed the whole area off, removed all of the moss, and pulled out all of the ...
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How can I repair a leaking crack in a Terrazzo stone bathtub?

We have a terrazzo stone bath tub that has a crack that leaks. We love this bath and would love to find a way to fix it as it’s nothing we’ve seen before. It has a stain on the bottom of it and the ...
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Why is special sand used for leveling masonry?

I see some stores selling sand specifically for leveling the ground, e.g. before building a stone sidewalk or a brick wall. The local rock quarry even sells some sand for this purpose. What is so ...
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Safely drilling into a stone fireplace?

I have a stone fireplace in a cabin that I'd like to mount a television screen on. While I’d love to pay someone a reasonable fee to do so, the cabin is in a location where contractors are few and far ...
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Do I have a fieldstone foundation and if so, do I need to use Type O mortar?

I own a house that was built in 1890. The area of my foundation that I need to work on is an exterior section that is above ground. It is the part between my driveway and where the siding starts. I ...
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What should I use to seal cracks between stone foundation and sill beam?

I'm in the process of replacing subfloor and joist sistering and noticed some pretty serious gaps between the foundation and sill beam after clearing away the loose debris between joists. Would it be ...
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Slope has gobbled up the retaining walls

A few tiered retaining walls were built on a slope on my property about 70 years ago. By now they have been completely consumed by the slope as you can see on the picture below where, in the white ...
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Resetting stones on a sinking patio

My patio covered with slate has sunk a little, as indicated by the bowed line on the left. The patio is up on the level indicated by the arrow in the image on the right. My question is: if I were to ...
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Having doubts about my mason

I have just hired a young mason for a few projects, one of which was to patch a hole in the brick wall and the other to build a low garden wall. I hired him on the basis of pictures that he texted me ...
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Should this retaining wall have drainage

Should the wall in the picture below have better drainage (e.g. perforated pipes)? And, if yes, is it possible to add them at this point? The walkway above has the same slate top you see at the very ...
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Attaching climbing holds on a rock surface

I have a set of climbing holds that I would like to attach to a stone finished outside wall of a house. It's a granite rock that I would be attaching the holds to, like this: My preference is to ...
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Can I install Slate Ledger stone panels over drywall?

I am about to install my slate ledger stone on an interior wall. I am not sure if I really need the backer board since its a dry area. (bar area wall- about 33 sft) The stone ledger panels I am ...
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Do tiles look darker when hanging on a wall than they'll appear when layed horizontally on the floor? [closed]

The salesman in the showroom told us that the tiles we see hanging on the wall will be 20% lighter when are layed down horizontaly on the floor, so we should take into account when choosing our ...
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StoneCraft Stone veneer

I am putting in cabinets on either side of an existing fire place. Raising the cabinets 1’ off the floor. I want to use stone veneer on the front of the raised base for the cabinets. The front ...
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Can you build a retaining wall vertically with no angle?

I am planning to redo our front steps in stone and my plan is to essentially have two stone walls on each side of the steps coming down from the entrance. For appearances it would be definitely ideal ...
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How do I attach natural stone to backerboard in a shower

I am making a custom shower, planning to cut my own stone slabs from stones found in my area. They will be granite, quartz, some others, that I cut with my own saw. I'm wondering how to attach the ...
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How to remove stubborn paint spots from natural stone

My upstate NY porch floor was built with stone quarried from northern PA. The previous owner got some white paint drips on it which I would like to remove. What I've tried so far: mineral spirits ...
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How to seal crevices in dry stack rock wall to prevent gopher activity?

I've recently had a retainer wall built in the landscape using the dry-stack method (see photos). Unfortunately, there has already been two occasions within past month of gopher activity behind the ...
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Hanging string lights from stone

I have several solid stone pillars (approx 4' high) running along the edge of my patio. I would like to hang string lights along the stones using something like Q-Hanger hooks. But I do not know how ...
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Widening the stone entrance into a crawlspace

I've got a 200 year old house with a crawl space under one corner of the house. The entrance to that crawl space is very tight (pictured below), and I am a large man. I want to expand the entrance to ...
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How are these installed and how can I remove them?

New home. Hate the tiny shelves. Want to remove them, put a normal mantle in, and a TV above.
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Stone compaction on placement

Good morning, I'm currently working on a crew installing 18" RCP storm sewer and our company is back filling the trench with uncompacted #8 stone. I've mentioned the fact that there will be future ...
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Should I seal sandstone? Based in UK

Deciding between porcelain 18mm and sandstone 24mm both grey. The porcelain cost about 1/3 more however if i have to seal the sandstone the cost isnt that different and over time probably works out ...
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Repointing stone basement

I am looking into which cement to use to repoint our old house (built ~1900) stone basement. I found conflicting advice, some suggesting type N or type S is fine, but some sources suggest that ...
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How to cut pumice? [closed]

I've found a few pumice rocks at the beach, from the size of an egg to about a handball. I've boiled them and left them in diluted bleach for a while to disinfect and clean. Now I'd like to cut some ...
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Correctly dealing with crumbling basement walls

I have an older home with stone foundation and some type of crumbling lath covering it. After doing some rearranging in my basement I cleared a wall which I'm going to put shelves against. Before ...
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300mm diamond blade suitable for hard 100mm flint nodule/pebble concrete

I've got a 100mm 1920s subfloor slab to break up and remove, about 2x4m. The nearby surrounding masonry is fragile and I really want to avoid a breaker if I can, as there's considerable concern about ...
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Can I cover my kitchen stone floor with tiles?

I have this stone floor in my new kitchen, and I'm going to need to cover it with something. I'm not sure what kind of stone it is. The floor is really cold in the winter, so I don't want to leave ...
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Bluestone pavers for front stoop?

In the fall I made a simple front stoop. It is 24 inches by 48 inches. That size feels just right. It has some brick-shaped things from Home Depot as the under layer, and then the top layer is ...
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How to build a mantel on rough stone fireplace

I have a very rough stone fireplace for which I'd like to hang a new mantel. Eventually I want to hang a flat screen and the new mantel will protect it from heat and such. I have noodled this project ...
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What kind of stone makes the most porous fill? (french drain)

I need to create some drainage in the form of some dry wells and french drains. What kind of stone will maximize the porosity to get good water flow? I originally thought just ordinary gravel, but a ...
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How do I break rotten boulders?

I have a lot of rocks around my house. Generally, I drill holes with a rotary hammer and then use wedges and feathers to split them. There are some that are rotten, however, and the wedge and feathers ...
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Repair fallen stone above fireplace

I have a stone arch stuck to the wall above my wood burning stove. One of the stones has fallen off and I’m not sure how to repair it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The stone that fell ...
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Placing stone over metal fireplace face. Is this possible?

let me start by saying I have seen mixed answers all over the web (and from professionals whom I have spoke to). At this point I wanted to hear thoughts from folks online. As seen in my picture I am ...
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Convert concrete stairs to limestone stairs

I have a narrow concrete stair front door like so: I want to make it larger and nicer like this It doesn't need to be limestone but any outdoor stones/tiles is fine. Some questions: Can I make it "...
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Stone, Brick, Concrete. Which material is the heaviest per cubic inch?

I'm building a mobile fence and and have limit space to hold down my poles. I wanted to know what is heaviest material per cubic inch. Stone, Brick, Concrete... or What? This is the limited space I ...
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secure river stones in our driveway

This is one of those "it looked good on paper, but not in practice" stories... We have river stones in between concrete pads leading to our garage. They're pretty, but the stones migrate for a few ...
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How can I prevent bluestone mortar from degrading so quickly?

We live in Milwaukee, WI. Our front porch has a combination of bluestone pavers as well as brick on the stoops with mortar joints. We have had repeated problems with presumably water/expansion in ...
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Mounting a TV above a fireplace with an unknown stone

Just moving into a new place and I moved the TV in today. I took the old mount down and figured I would use it at the new place so I kept all of the screws. New house has a nice fireplace in the ...
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Resurface uneven stone fireplace

We owned this house for about 3.5 years and really interested in refacing this fireplace. Curious, can this be done? What are my options? The stone sticks out at different angles and depths, our ...
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Changing gloss marble finish to honed finish

How can I tone down the gloss of a small marble countertop. It is currently high gloss, and I would like to reduce it to what is usually called a honed finish. My inclination is to use wet emery ...
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How to handle large bluestone slabs

I'm looking for tips on how to handle large bluestone slabs. Each is 24" square, 1.5" thick, and weighs 80 lbs. They are geo-cut with thermal surface treatment. Presently I have 100 of these slabs ...