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How to cut a large piece of marble 1” thick

Hire someone. Call a local marble yard. (Not a kitchen/bathroom store, but the places they send you to for your countertops). Ask them for a labor quote to come do it for you. I'm guessing the ...
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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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What's the best fastener for natural stone?

You should consider using a chemical stud anchor. If you've ever been to something built inside a cave you've probably seen these. A chemical stud uses an epoxy to hold a fastener into the material. ...
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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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What's the best fastener for natural stone?

Here's a partial answer: Tapcon's customer support answered my question saying that they are not for use in stone, only concrete, block and brick.
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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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How to cut a large piece of marble 1” thick

Put down a lot of plastic around the work area. Have a good shopvac ready. Get a 7" diamond blade for a circular saw, and a spray bottle of water. Have at least 2 helpers ready. Have ear, eye, ...
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How to cut a large piece of marble 1” thick

The other answers are good workarounds, but do you know they make actual portable wet saws for this? For example: It even includes a water line that you connect to a small pump. The problem with ...
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What's the best fastener for natural stone?

Tapcon™ screws, as their name implies, work by cutting (tapping) a thread into a predrilled hole in concrete. I wouldn't expect that to work well, if at all, in a less granular material, but I have no ...
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Looking for advice repairing granite stair tiles

Jack gave a great answer and I've upvoted it, but I'd rather see you use a polyurethane construction adhesive, which is made for a job like this, instead of a silicone caulk. I've seen silicone caulk ...
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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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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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Bright type of material for kitchen countertop

It's more likely a manmade conglomerate stone, or it could be a natural Breccia. A very similar if not the same look is described as Breccia Aurora. Which is a type of marble. Image Source, no ...
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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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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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Unable to drill into window lintel - what have I got wrong?

Plate steel has been used to support lintels when the span is over some distance. That detail is obsolete now un the US but I'm not sure when they stopped doing it. Now-days its plenty of re-bar and ...
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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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How can I fit a wooden wall to a stone 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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Looking for advice repairing granite stair tiles

That would be one of the places I would use silicone caulk, a full bed of it after the excess roughness from the old bond is cleaned up. This should or could be done with a right angle grinder with a ...
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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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How should I support a stone mantel on a brick fireplace?

That is a pretty big piece of rock. It would probably be better to distribute the load by using brackets. In the photo above, the mantle is wood, but the principle for stone is the same. What you ...
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