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How to stop a wall from falling

I hate to tell you this, but your barn is toast. Have it demolished before it kills some curious soul who wanders inside out of morbid fascination.
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Hanging string lights from stone

I would only drill that stone as an absolute last resort. That not only damages it in an unrecoverable way but opens it up to faster degradation from weather, especially if you're in a frost zone. ...
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How to stop a wall from falling

For the love of God, don't do anything from inside, to avoid collapsing on you. I would get a 2x6 for the top bracing and a couple of 2x4's for the bracing. Nail the bracing to the top bracing, away ...
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How to demolish old stone walls safely?

Taking down the wall safely is not the only issue. You wrote in comments: there's no legal problem here because we own all the land surrounding the house that isn't ours, and the connection between ...
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How to demolish old stone walls safely?

I would say you need a track drive excavator that has a bucket with a grabbing thumb. You would use the excavator to grab and place the "debris from the old roof and 4th wall that have fallen&...
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Can a non-professional drill holes in a granite countertop?

I am a granite top fabricator, and every time I drill a hole in granite or marble, it always scares me. I think, "what if I crack this top by making the slightest error; I better pay attention and ...
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Faux stone on a bedroom wall is blocking the vent

Argh!!! Definitely get rid of that! Assuming that this "faux stone" is actually one of: Actual stone, sliced thin Concrete, molded and colored to look like stone Ground up stone mixed with &...
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How can I repair cracked stones around a drain in a wet room?

That looks just plain done wrong to me. The drain entrance should be below the membrane that should be below the stone. Cracks in the grout should have no impact on the waterproofing effectiveness. ...
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Installing thin slate (chalkboards) as countertops: proper method?

I would handle this as a tile countertop. Instead of small 4x4 tiles you will be working with the larger slate sheets. This means, 3/4 plywood down as a base. Cement board on top of that and then ...
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Can a non-professional drill holes in a granite countertop?

You can absolutely do this yourself with a powerdrill and 21 dollar diamond hole saw from HD. For a standard faucet hole, you need a 1 3/8" diamond hole saw. I ended up not only drilling the faucet ...
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How do I remove the back lip from paving stones?

Listen, I just did this. It is extremely simple. Buy a 4 inch diamond tip bit for your angle grinder. (Masonry cutting wheel). Score a 1/4 inch line on the inside of the block and then tap (yes TAP) ...
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When installing a stone fireplace, do I install the wood mantle first?

To mount this mantle you will need to drill into the stone face! The outline of the mantles' position should be taped to keep track of its placement. You will need to scribe the profile of the stone ...
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Should I install the vanity, or the split faced stone first?

I've installed that tile. It's not to hard to cut--even by hand as you can just cut through the mesh backing. Even easier with a tile saw. So I'd suggest not tiling more than you have to and live with ...
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What type of paint can I use for exterior flagstone?

Painting brick makes a beautiful, durable, maintenance-free surface into something that's none of those. Instead, you could stain the brick. There are masonry stains that will color the brick and keep ...
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Installing 'TruStone' veneer, directly on painted drywall?

Probably not a good idea. As you said, the stones are heavy. If you could guarantee a solid rest on the floor, maybe, but I'd simply cut out the drywall a few inches inside your stone area, replace it ...
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Is this retaining wall failing?

The wall may have been built that way but I doubt it, the wall may have shifted over the years and is stable now. The only way to know is to drop a plumb bob from the upper decking just in front of ...
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Placing stone over metal fireplace face. Is this possible?

The manufacturer of the fireplace is okay with it, so you definitely can. I have done it many times and I found it the best option is to use cement board and then the appropriate application method ...
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Hanging string lights from stone

There are many plastic concrete anchors you can use for this. The one I like best it the one pictured below. They come in a variety of sizes and will match the screw hooks you'd like to use. Your ...
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Hanging string lights from stone

Personally I wouldn't drill it. I'd get some adhesive hooks, then throw away the adhesive part and use construction adhesive instead. That should be plenty strong to hold some outdoor string lights.
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How do I attach natural stone to backerboard in a shower

Normally the stone is applied directly to the backer board once the pieces are set a grout is used between the stones (today I would recommend epoxy grout). After grout a sealer can be used , I have ...
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Stone wall meets a wooden wall

"Look nice" is a highly subjective criterion. One approach to that sort of junction is to scribe a trim board. One tacks a trim board in a vertical position touching the stone, and then sets ...
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Can a non-professional drill holes in a granite countertop?

Having DIY'd a granite tile (24"x24") benchtop with undermount sink I'd say it's not that hard if you're careful and patient. As the comments above say you absolutely must use an alignment jig or ...
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What type of backer board do I need to use to attach a stone veneer around a fireplace?

If you are using real Stone, one thing to consider, the wall doesn't support the weight , it just hold it from moving horizontally, any real Stone need a firm base to sit on like a heart or Concrete ...
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What is the best way to repair a large crumbling block on a corner of the house wall?

My house was built in the 1880s and has a stone foundation, mostly sand stone. The best fix for situations like this I have found is building a form and packing in stiff cement and as large of pieces ...
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Can a natural stone wall be made waterproof without defacing it?

Where is the water damage relative to the exterior ground level? I note in the outside picture that there is significant slope to the ground - if the ground on the uphill and slope-side sides is not ...
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How much volume is lost after compacting 3/4" crushed stone?

When something calls for x" of compacted y, you typically calculate the amount of y prior to compacting. So if something calls for a 4" compacted base, order enough to cover your area with 4". Then ...
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Drill hole through rock wall?

Diamond hole saws work well for this with water. If this is anything like the stone foundations I have worked with there will never be a straight mortar line that could be used. On one of the first ...
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What type of paint can I use for exterior flagstone?

In Dallas TX people are painting perfectly good brick because they think it is a design choice. I personally would never paint perfectly good brick. In my neighborhood of brick facade homes I have, ...
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How to fix rocking stone slab stair?

One approach is to pry up one of the tottering edges up slightly and inject exterior construction adhesive (some are rated for stone/masonry) a few inches in and staying well away from the outside ...
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Can I use Kerdi Board instead of Cement Board to thinset natural stone tile?

All cement products contain silicates, from the sand use in the cement. It won't be breathable unless you create dust by cutting or breaking the panels. That being said, I don't see instructions for ...
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