freetown fred wrote:
A talented man left to his own devices will surely come up with the workable game plan he is comfortable with
Now by God, that sounds REAL good to me Josh What are you using to set the hearth-stone? Don't forget the compression concept with that last layer of mortar. l:
Thanks Fred! Do you mean the weight dispersion and the spread of the mortar as far as the compression concept? If not then I need a quick lesson from you !
dcrane wrote: Smokeyja wrote:
Couldn't you make in the shop some adjustable shim packs from bolts and nuts, and mount to floor in a grid pattern.
Get them all set level for bottom of stone slab, then lay some rows of stiff concrete...somewhat higher than shims...then set slab and then the laid rows of stiff concrete would spread out and the shims would stop the slab where you want it, let it alone and concrete will setup.
You could plan to hold the laid stiff concrete short of the edges and latter dry pack a colored grout and trowel it to a 45* angle or whatever angle you desire.
After the grout is cured...seal the Bluestone and the angled grout at the same time.
The slab will not fit in the wood opening . I oversized it on purpose . The opening is 63x37" and the slab is 64x40 . I want the stone to be on the wood so no grout or finishing mortar would be used . The slab is rock faced so I wouldn't want to cover any of that up and that's why I chose to do it that way. I think I am going to raise the concrete up until I have about a 1/2" from the wood surface and then apply a thin layer of mortar and while its still soft I will lay the stone!
that is EXACTLY what I would be doing if I had the $600.00 for a hearth
here was my emails for quotes on my nice custom slab that I will NOT be getting
I see you write granite on there? Originally I tried to get a rough cut granite slab that looked much like a giant cobble stone but no one remotely in the area would do it! And then I was quoted a slab of "Hawthorne limestone" it was $800 .... Then I said ok ill just buy cobblestones but even then they were pricy and I couldn't get the perfect stone pattern mathematically without breaking stones . Finally I went to luck stone and the consultant there showed me blue stone which can be numerous types of stone . This particular bluestone I have is feldspathic sandstone a mix of feldspar and sandstone from the US. Look into a "bluestone" slab and the price may be cheaper u less you already have .