Another Restoration Project

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Did you sell the backhoe when you where done with rebuilding it?

I enjoy installing manufactured stone. When I first did it, I used mortar to attach it, but I never cared for how easy it is to remove them once the mortar has set. Now I use Tile Thinset and I install them the same as I do tile with a half inch notched trowel. You have to destroy the stone to get it off!!! I also like to use half inch Hardie Backer boards over the OSB and House Wrap. I'm thinking about putting Redgard on the Hardie when I do it again. I cut the stone with my 4 1/2 inch grinder most of the time, but my tile wet saw does a much nicer job for those more visible areas.
I used the backhoe on my jobs for a while, being that those were farm tractors with loader kit and backhoe kits they were clumsy and not well balanced. I saved up and bought a new one with a 4 in 1 plus a hydraulic jack hammer. That kept going and I added another. Things just grew from there.
 
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case 570lxt, JCB 1550B, Gradall 534c, Hyster C612B,Ford 445A
I use plastic cement three to one with washed sand. If I am doing fireplace boxes or chimneys I use fire clay, it makes a fat mortar. Plastic cement provides air entrainment and contains lime for adhesion. I use a double stucco paper wrap and stucco wire with a full scratch coat. When adding the stone I saturate the scratch coat and the back of the stone, then while wet I parge the back of the stone with the mortar. If the stone is less than 3” wide I add additional mortar with a peak in the middle, wider stones I build up the middle then using the trowel point I make a v-groove in the middle forming a peak along the edges. I give the wall a quick spray and attach the stone.
I also use the 4.5” grinder alot because I don’t have to climb up and down the scaffold so often and the type of stone I am using right now most of the cuts are irregular. I have a small Stanley fan going when cutting.
I think thinset is helping you because of the polymers it contains to hold the moisture. You can get polymer additives also but with good wet mortar and pre-wetting the surfaces I don’t have adhesion issues.
I like that Redgard for showers and bathroom floors, also exterior walls that get a lot of water from splash or blowing rain.
 
 
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