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Install Cultured Stone Drywall

Updated:2014-06-16 11:28:50
Give a wall the look of actual stone construction with cultured stone facing. Siding an entryway wall or surrounding a fireplace with stone facing will imbue any home with rustic charm. Made to imitate the look of real stone, cultured stone comes in a vast variety of stone types and is durable and easy to maintain. Install flat-backed cultured stone with mortar. Grouting is optional for indoor applications. Affixing culture stone over drywall requires a layer of metal lath between the two. Metal lath will ensure that the mortared stones have something to grip onto.

Instructions as follows:


Firstly, run a stud finder across the wall and mark each stud location.
Secondly, cover the stone wall with paper-backed metal lath. Place the lath with the paper against the wall and the metal mesh facing out. Nail the lath to the studs with 1.5-inch roofing nails. Nail the lath so the wire mesh hooks securely behind the nail head. Space nails 6 inches apart along each stud.
Thirdly, cover the metal lath in a one-half-inch layer of mortar, applying the mortar with a trowel. Use firm pressure to ensure the lath is embedded. Let the mortar set for approximately four hours (or as directed by the manufacturer), until it is stiff but still penetrable. Scratch up the entire mortar coat with a notched trowel or a plasterer's rake. Allow the mortar to cure fully, as directed.
Fourthly, moisten the back of the stones and the wall with water before applying mortar. Apply one-half-inch to three-quarter-inch-thick layers of mortar to the wall and to the back of the sandstones, using a notched trowel, which will embed ridges in the mortar. Press the stones firmly onto the wall, and tap them with a rubber mallet to set them in place. Work from the top down and in small sections to keep the mortar from drying out before you attach a stone.

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