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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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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 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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Stone tile flooring with acoustic sound reduction requirement in condo

We just closed on a new condo and want to replace some of the old carpet with stone tiles. However, the HOA has a sound reduction requirement where the floors must pass acoustic testing with 55 IIC or ...
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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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Help with modified LP grill - how to take apart

I inherited this Williams Sonoma SGIR27lp grill, came with a house we moved in. It is modified, instead of the grille and burners on the top, there is just a large stone/granite (?) plate. I managed ...
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Hammer Drill on Stone Slab

I have a concrete wall with stone slabs on top, I want to drill into the stone slabs to attach a fence, they are around 2 inches thick, can I use a hammer drill or will this crack the stone?
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Clean + Sand = Modified?

I have about a yard of sand and a yard of clean crushed stone left over from a project. For another project - a 12-18" high stone garden wall - I need about a yard of modified crushed stone. Can ...
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O or N Mortar for Fieldstone foundation on the exterior side

My house was built in 1860 and I have a field stone foundation. I have some areas on the exterior that I need to reapply some mortar on. I know some people are using type N and adding sand and some ...
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What is this metal "brick" doing under the stone veneer of a fireplace?

I'm in the process of removing a stone veneer from a fireplace in our basement, as there's white brick underneath that I want to expose. This fireplace is identical to an upstairs one that has the ...
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How do I make a pink-powdered-sand grout to seal outdoor stone patio?

I brought back some pink powdered sand from a recent vacation. I want to use it to grout and seal a stone patio I laid at the bottom of an outdoor stairwell with a drain. How should/can I do this?
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How do I clean and maintain my natural stone shower?

I recently bought a home that has a ton of natural stone tile in the master bathroom. One of the first things I did was clean and seal all of it using Miracle Sealants 511 Impregnator Sealer. This ...
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How can I remove grout residue from dark slate tile?

Before you start, yes, I did know that grout would be hard to remove from the slate. So did the guy doing the job, as I made sure that we discussed it before hand. I was of the impression that he ...
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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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1910's vintage stone and motar foundation wall crumbles along its base

My Project goal: prevent crumbling of a parged and painted stone foundation, which is not an 'exterior' wall. Means to attain goal: coat the wall. My basement walls, which are parged and painted, ...
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Building patio using natural stone and mortar

I have a new house and there are rocks all over the place here. The sizes of these rocks range from 3x3x3 inches to 2x2x2 feet, all coming in irregular shapes. I have an area roughly 10x30 feet and I ...
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Attach stone veneer evenly to irregularly shaped foundation

I'm planning to attach stone or stone veneer to the bottom 2–3' of my house. At the front of my house, the poured concrete foundation is about 3' tall. Halfway from the front (toward the back), 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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I have an old porous "fruit cellar" of stone/concrete mix crumbling apart. How can I close it off and fill it in? Same with an old leaky cistern

Our house is almost 100 and has a fruit cellar crumbling below our front porch. We had it repaired 3 times but given it is made of a stone/concrete mix the foundation repairs continue to crumble & ...
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How to demolish old stone walls safely?

We are renovating an old property in France where three walls of an old stone schoolhouse (10ish meters high I'm guessing, maybe more in some places) sit adjacent to the more recent house (1950s). We ...
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How do I remove scratches from bluestone steps?

I have some scratches on my front entry bluestone steps. I tried to remove them by brushing with water but they don’t seem to go away. Any advice on how to remove the scratches?
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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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Is there a dust-free alternative to gravel for an indoor Petanque Court?

We are considering constructing a Pétanque court in our office. The typical finished playing surface is sand, gravel, small pebbles or sometimes shell. We need a dust-free material so that when ...
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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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Lime/bath stone - In need of clean and repair

The stone on my house which I think is Bath stone or Limestone is getting dirty. I’m not sure if it’s pollution, acid rain or something else. I tried to give it a quick scrub with water and a gentle ...
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2a modified crushed stone vs minus gravel

What is the difference between 2a modified crushed stone and minus gravel? I understand that both are crushed stones and both have finer particles. Do they come from different species of stones? What ...
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Mop disintegrates when used on coarse stone floor - any good alternatives?

We have some natural stone tile which is pretty coarse. This is actually a very pretty (IMO) natural texture but it is a little hard to clean. Vacuuming is fine but like most hard surfaces also needs ...
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Is this species of stone wall-worthy

There are a lot of stones on my property of the kind shown in the picture. They are hard and heavy, but extremely brittle. The pictures shows half of a stone that I dropped from about 2' high on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...