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Install a Stone Fireplace

Updated:2013-08-13 17:19:47
Installing a stone fireplace can be somewhat intimidating, especially if you are new to the process. Fireplaces have been the main features of home for years. Whether you are building one for a heat source or one for design, a stone fireplace will add to any decor.

Instructions as follows:

                                                 

Firstly, measure how much stone you will need to build a fireplace. Purchase materials listed above if you do not have them yet. Collect tools that are needed.

Secondly, take off existing trim around the perimeter of the fireplace and the front glass. Put up the weatherproof barrier so that the elements will not come inside your home. Tape the weatherproof barrier down making sure to also cover the fireplace opening.

Thirdly, use the stud finder to locate studs and attach the expanded metal lathe to each stud. Cover the floor with plastic to prevent damage to existing floor.

Fourthly, read the mortar instructions to mix the mortar in a bucket. Mortar should be firm but moist. Cover the entire surface with a thin scratch coat of mortar making sure to apply enough to cover the mesh. Allow the mortar to set overnight.

Fifthly, create a spacer between the fireplace mantel and the mantel stones that will be installed at a later point by setting a few bricks on top.

Sixthly, lay out each piece of stone on the floor to see how it will look. The measurements can also be checked this way.

Seventhly, draw an outline on the wall so you know where the perimeter lines are.
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