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How to handle large bluestone slabs

Wheels! I would recommend a hand truck, furniture dolly or a wheelbarrow.
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How to cut bluestone slabs

I have done something similar but with far looser tolerances. I had an old bluestone sidewalk replaced and salvaged the large pieces for other walkways around the yard. I used a cheap 4 1/2 inch ...
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How to cut bluestone slabs

I have cut sandstone with both a sidewinder and wormdrive. Use a high tooth count so it won't chip the edges as bad but it will work, also safety glasses / face shield gloves and even long sleeve ...
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Can I use bluestone as a paver base

Open gradation without compaction is fine for something lightly pressured like a walkway, but the growing preference for open graded crushed stone is based on its high relative density when placed ...
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Can I use bluestone as a paver base

The only thing that should matter is if it's crushed stone or gravel. Crushed stone is preferred for drainage applications. When you tamp it, it is supposed to interlock and provide a more stable base ...
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Stonemasons chisels

I was able to find some maintenance and use tips for carbide stone working chisels. Using a dull edge can break the weld, so do not delay in sharpening the carbide if you notice performance is ...
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How do I remove scratches from bluestone steps?

My apologies to Fresh Codemonger, mineral oil will darken the steps and will leach back out over time showing the scratches from clearing the snow. Use Muriatic acid to etch a new surface. I have had ...
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How can I prevent bluestone mortar from degrading so quickly?

I find using an add mix in the mortar strengthens and some brands even help waterproof mortar. When I lived in Ohio I used a clear epoxy sealer that was sanded it worked quite well to protect the ...
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