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PROJECTS ONLINE: APPLYING A STONE VENEER

Project Difficulty: Difficult
Estimated Project Time: Varies, depending on the size of the surface to be covered

 
 
Tools and Materials:

Jointing trowel
Mason's trowel
Pointing trowel
Brick hammer
Grout bag
Pitching chisel
Mason's twine
4' level
Measuring tape
Plumb bob
Wheelbarrow
Work gloves
Stone
Mortar mix
Welded or woven wire mesh

 
       

Masonry veneers add a look of substance to a house and provide a low-maintenance exterior surface. These advantages come at a price, however--stone veneers make expensive siding and, for best results, should be professionally installed.

Stone veneers range from 1-1/4 inch to 4 inches thick. The steps below summarize the process of applying stone veneer to a wire mesh base.

 

 
 
1 . Plan the Layout

Start by creating a dry layout, placing the stones in approximate position on the ground to see how the joints will fall. (Fig. 1)

2 . Apply a Mortar Base Coat

Install wire mesh on the wall to help support the mortar. Trowel on a base coat that bonds into the metal weave of the mesh. (Fig. 2)

3 . Install the First Few Courses

Butter the backs of stones with mortar. You can work in long rows or build up short sections of several courses at once. (Fig. 3)

4 . Fill the Seams

Fill the seams with mortar. Some manufacturers recommend that you use a grout bag to avoid discoloring the surface. (Fig. 4)

5 . Smooth the Seams

Smooth the grouted seams with a tooling blade. Fill all gaps around the edges of the stones to keep water out. (Fig. 5)

 
 
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