Any stone masons out there?

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by Verdeboy, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

    Jun 12, 2006
    I have to do a minor repair to a stone fence, but I have never worked with native stone and mortar before. The original stones that fell out of the fence are there, so I don't need to worry about choosing the right stones. Also, I have to mortar in one of the hinge bolts of an old cast iron gate and raise it to the exact height that will allow the gate to latch properly on the other side. Do I need to shim the bolt, or can I just use the mortar to raise it up a bit?

    What kind of mortar should I pick up and how much will I need for a few stones? Also, are there any tricks to using this kind of mortar? What's the best way to mix it up, what consistency do I make it, and how long can it sit in a wheelbarrow before it hardens up? Any tips on troweling it on?

  2. jlohrenz

    jlohrenz New Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    I'd post over at There are several professional tile-setters that visit there regularly that could point you in the right direction.
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  4. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    Nov 12, 2005
    Is this a dry or wet laid wall? You need to remove as much of the old mortar as possible and get back to good stone. I would use mortar for the bolt. It should hold better. Allow it to dry a few days B4 useing it. Keep it damp for maximum strength and don't allow it to dry out. Once dry redampining will do nothing.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2006
  5. prashster

    prashster New Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    I second the referral to
    Between these two forums, I don't get ANY work done at my job...
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