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Cultured Stone Installation Instructions

Updated:2013-08-21 14:26:54
Cultured stone is a man-made, veneer stone product. Cast in a mold and made to resemble a wide variety of natural stone colors and textures, cultured stone is one-quarter the thickness of natural stone. Due to its light weight and workability, the material is a great option for the do-it-yourselfer.

Instructions as follows:

                                                   

Firstly, prepare the installation surface. Level and install a weep screed. A weep screed is a metal device installed below the first course of stone that allows for draining or "weeping" of moisture or water from the stone. Follow the manufacturer's directions for proper installation of the weep screed device.

Secondly, install a temporary 2-by-4 starting strip where you will install the first course of culture stone. You will use this 2-by-4 starting strip to support the first row of stone. Place the 2-by-4 strip on the ground, remove soil or shim the piece to level it.
Thirdly, start the first course a minimum of 2 inches above concrete or pavement and 4 inches above grade, which is the horizontal soil or dirt area below the wall. Use a staple hammer with galvanized staples to install heavy construction paper as a moisture- and weather-resistant barrier. Install the paper over the entire surface area where you are installing the cultured stone. Overlap the paper at least 2 inches on horizontal joints, which are areas where the paper overlaps, and 4 inches on vertical joints. Overlap inside and outside corners a minimum of 16 inches.
Fourthly, install the metal lath. Metal lath is similar to "chicken wire," also called "mesh." It allows mortar to adhere to the wall and is an absolutely necessary component of cubic stones installation.
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