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Culture Stone Fireplace Installation

Updated:2014-05-04 11:30:15
Fireplaces can be installed with a number of products surrounding them, ranging from tiles to natural stones to river rocks and bricks. One of the modern variations that allows homeowners to have a stone look-alike product that is much easier to work with than actual rocks is cultured stone. Lightweight and easy to install, putting up a cultured stone fireplace finish requires only minimal physical labor compared to actual stones, and while you need some basic carpentry skills you can generally finish your fireplace installation in your spare time, such as over the weekend.

Instructions as follows:

                                                                       

Firstly, cover the limestone wall with the moisture barrier to protect it. Unroll the felt paper and measure the length of your installation area. Transfer that measurement to the rolled-out section, and cut it with a utility knife. Staple the row onto the wall with the hammer tacker. Add another row on top of that, overlapping the first by at least a couple of inches. Work your way up to cover the whole surface.
Secondly, install wire mesh on top of the felt paper in a similar fashion, stapling it in place with the hammer tacker. Cut the pieces down to size with a pair of tin snips (metal shears that look like scissors), and overlap all of the sheets by at least a couple of inches. Ensure that the wire mesh is installed so that the “cups” on the piece of mesh are angled upwards, as this holds the mortar on the stone wall as it cures.
Thirdly, position your wheelbarrow as close to the fireplace as you can for ease of use. Cut open a bag of mortar mix and dump it into the wheelbarrow. Add water according to the bag instructions (different size bags have different water requirements). Mix it up with the shovel for several minutes to ensure it is completely mixed.

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