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demi09
Cement in Stone Siding Crumbling
demi09

Hello All,

We have a home that had stone siding put around it about 35 years ago. The stone is soft and flaky (which is from the type of stone it is) and the concrete that holds it together is crumbling in some places, although it still looks nice overall. I was wondering if we could save it somehow. Also, some stones are very crooked in one part. I was wondering if there was a way that the stones could be removed and placed back in?

Thanks! :)

Jack
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Jack

You need to talk to a mason about correcting the problems and re-pointing the stone.

Jack

demi09
Re: Cement in Stone Siding Crumbling
demi09

I just found a video explaining how to fix eroding concrete here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Flyoptym1Tc

Not sure about taking stones out and putting them back in properly. I can talk to a mason but we are on a very tight budget so wanted to see if this was something we could do ourselves.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Cement in Stone Siding Crumbling
Mastercarpentry

Sure you can DIY, but lacking experience you're going to be prone to making mistakes which can get costly. And even with the DIY vids and books to help you, there are nuances that will not be covered. The stone used may not really be suitable for the job if it's flaky, soft, or unstable. You should at least consult a stone mason for an on-site inspection and advice o0n how to go about DIY'ing it. They will probably want a fee for that advice but it will be worth it. Based on the stone and the bond coat behind it it may not be practical to try to save the stone. They will know these things base on their inspection. We can only generalize from here. It's high on the DIY scale to do a stone wall well so good luck with the DIY effort. Should you decide to have a stone mason do the job, you may be able to do the demo and cleanup for some money savings.

Phil

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