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Old 05-04-2009, 04:24 PM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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As is sometimes the case, I acted on impulse without finding out everything that I probably needed to know.

We need to cover part of a fireplace (quasi outdoor) with cultured stone. The fireplace is built of wood, with plywood sheathin and cedar siding above wher ethe stone will go. The stone just has to be somehow attached to the plywood. The fireplace is an insert. There is a concrete slab poured right to the fireplace and there is a brick ledge under the slab, or maybe the slab is poured up the the brickledge, I would have to go home and look to see. Assume that whatever is the right way is what was done.

I found an auction where the stuff was selling for next to nothing. Of course I had to guess at what I would need.

I bought
4) boxes of Owens Corning Old Country Fieldstone Riviera flats, 11.25 sq. ft. per box, and (6) boxes of Owens Corning Old Country Fieldstone Riviera corners, 8 ft. per box- for $22.50. Seems like an incredible deal

I think that we need 24 sq, feet of flats and 13 feet of corners, so I should have left over, but we will need to cut some pieces down to fit so we will probably have some waste.

Since I figured that I needed mortar and possibly some cement I bought:

10 bags of St Mary's Type N Masonry Cement (figured that would stick the stone to the wall turns out that you mix it with sand and lime to make mortar) for $20.00 (sells for 10.79/bag at Home depot so not a bad deal if I can use it for something); and

25 bags of R Mix Pre-blended mortar for $55.00 (that is way too much, but maybe whomever puts it in for me will give me credit for labor if I give him the rest of the mortar.

My questions:

Did I buy anything stupid that I cannot use at all? (If so I will just sell it on Craig's list).

Is this a reasonably good deal?

Will I need anything else to complete this work?

Will I be able to sell the left over mortar and cement or trade it for labor?

I think that maybe the mortar is not worth much more than $55 (plus the 10% permium). Anyone know what an 80# bag of R Mix preblended mortar normally sells for?

I think that you masons out there would be shocked at this auction. There were huge quantities of bricks, blocks cultured stone selling for next to nothing. Many lots went ofr under $10.00. UNfortunately, the stuff I wanted seems to be things that other people wanted too. The other lots were huge like enough to cover a whole house for $150.

By the way, we have some tuck pointing to do as well so maybe some of this stuff will work for that. However the brick being pointed is very very old so we cannot use really hard mortar (the brick will crack from expansion and contraction - found that out the hard was with another old house).

I do nto suppose that aonyone cna guess at what our labor cost will be?
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