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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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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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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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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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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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How to mount cabinets on concrete wall

When you mount things on wood (plywood over concrete/brick/block/etc. or into studs): You can remove and replace easily. If you want to replace in the exact same spot, use a slightly larger screw ...
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Mounting a TV on a 5/16" thick stone (or faux stone) facade

I spoke to the builder about this project and he said "if you can locate the studs and make sure most of the bolts end up in them, it should be able to handle the load easily." He made the ...
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How to Order Material for: Gravel Driveway With Smooth Stones & Bricks

In order, going down: Pavers (probably want 2.5" thick for a driveway), with polymeric sand in the joints after laying. Pavers are usually actually concrete, not (clay) brick. No intentional ...
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What's the best fastener for natural stone?

If they are available in your area, Fischer has some universal plugs: https://www.fischer-international.com/en/products/standard-fixings/plastic-fixings/universal-plug-ux which are specified as ...
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Can I install cultured/stone veneer over exterior foundation wall?

A stucco coating (fiber-reinforced usually) is pretty standard for protection of exterior foam above grade. That can simply be applied to the foam. Stone veneer (being considerably heavier than stucco,...
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What hand tools would I need to remove a portion of this stone wall?

All you need is an iron bar and leverage. For example, this one goes for $30. Just wedge the flat end between two layers, and pry off. The mortar is unlikely to be gluing the stones together, so they'...
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What hand tools would I need to remove a portion of this stone wall?

If you can get a heavy duty extension cord, say 12 gauge wire, rent an electric "demo hammer" from the local rental company. Get the largest hand held they have for rent. It should make ...
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What type of mortar and trowel size be used for stacked stone around gas fireplace?

The mortar you purchased is for small to medium tile. For small to medium tile a 1/4 to 3/8 notched trowel is what works best for proper setting. 1/2 " is too thick. You have the correct thin ...
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Installing a floating stone wall around the TV

Wall tiles are not supported by the floor or by the tile beneath. They are glued to the wall with tile adhesive, and gaps in between that are later filled with grout. The adhesive does all the work. ...
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ADDING FAUX STONE TO CONCRETE FOUNDATION

Is paint removal something you'd entertain? There's no worry about damaging the surface since it'll be covered with new materials. An angle grinder with a knotted wire cup brush or a diamond concrete ...
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RePoint field stone wall foundation

What you want is type-N mortar. You can buy it premixed, or mix your own -- I always prefer to mix my own, as it's cheaper, and having the raw ingredients around allows me to make other types of ...
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Mounting a TV on a 5/16" thick stone (or faux stone) facade

If this was my house, I’d drill into the studs on the marks, and try to screw through the grout, preferably into one of the areas where the stone corners are chipped, or any area with lots of grout ...
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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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What kind of adhesive should I use to secure a concrete paver stone step?

Use fast set concrete, it will last much longer than the glue and is much cheaper
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What's the best fastener for natural stone?

Drive Pin Anchors aka Hammer Drive Pin Anchor Set I've never been able to shear them, but must be drilled out to remove. From https://www.grainger.com/product/11K342
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