O. Box 1062, Siler City, North Carolina 27344
or email Bill through the website
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veneer stone on lathed brick, Chapel Hill, NC
job involves transforming a brick fireplace profile into a stone one.
What you're looking at is the bricks, with the lathe attached to them using
fluted masonry nails. The next step will be to stucco the lathe; then stone
will be attached by the tile method. The stone will the stuck to
the wall with the "faces" showing. Another project (Burwell
wall) used the same stone laid in a thick veneer with the edges showing.
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the scratch coat of mud applied to the lathe on the front of the fireplace
profile, the stone can start going up--more mud is applied to an area (it's
a good idea to spray the dry mud coat with water as interior locations
like this one are very dry), then a stone is back buttered and installed,
and so on. The flat steel that runs across the top of the
fireplace opening isn't carrying weight, just providing a nice level stop
for the stone to rest against. Click on the picture for a larger
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a 4 1/2" grinder with a diamond blade is pretty handy. Note the safety
stuff--eye protection, ear protection, and dust protection. The big
rock will end up at the top left of the fireplace profile. Click on
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all the vertical work is done, I went back to Scott Stone in Mebane, NC,
and purchased some 2" thick large smooth pieces with right angle corners
for the hearth. They were set last to avoid staining them with the
mud that is going to drip off the vertical work from time to time.
All that's left is for Jerry to install his new gas logs and enjoy the
transformed fireplace. Click on the pictures for a larger version.
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