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What type of mortar mix should I use for a rubble stone wall?

I've got a bunch of rough stone that I dug up in my garden, and I'd like to build a wall as a landscaping feature. I've heard different views on whether to use a cement mortar mix or a lime one. Wondering what people out there think, and why.

Whats the best lime mortar mix to use when stone walling?

What is the likely cost of repointing both walls of a two-storey, two-bed terrace house?

We are looking at buying a property that needs re-pointing and want to know the likely cost.
I would guess the walls are around 6 metres wide as the dimensions of the lounge and kitchen added together make 5.92m.

paint removal from stone

I have a mid terrace 1890's which has the different coloured stone front surrounded by bath stone. it has been covered in paint and would like to know what the best method of getting it off is and where any tools i need can be purchased.
thanks

Which tradesman would I contact to build me a new step outside my front door?

I know this sounds silly but I want a new step built outside my front door and i'm not sure whether to post it under Stonemasonry, Driveways or Bricklaying! The current step is a really cheap one made out of 3 bricks with a slab on top, it's really easy to trip up it. I'm looking for something much more substantial. Thanks in advance.

The front row of tiles on my doorstep came away due to frost. Underneath I can now see the brickwork. What should I use to re-cover the bricks so I can put the tiles back?

There are 14 tiles I need to put back, and they're about 6 x 6". The exposed brick is also uneven but I think quite solid.

what is the best mortar mix to repoint an old rubblestone cottage

cottage is approx.150 yrs old

Epic old fireplace discovered

Hello

I've recently began renovating a stone cottage.

After removing years of old wallpaper and plaster, as well as a gas fire I discovered a huge old fireplace.

There's a huge lintel, or looks to be a lintel spanning the fireplace opening. As i continued to knock away the lower sections of brick and plaster; which were used to block the fireplace originally a large piece of sandstone fell off.

Now it looks to the naked eye that the lintel is un-supported on the left side. That is, both ends of the lintel looked to rest of stone protruding from the wall. Now o ly the right side looks supported.

However., on inspection the entire lintel appears to be the connected internally to the stone arch, which forms part of the chimney.

1) My question is. Shall I leave it as is, it looks good and doesn't appear to have weakened.
2) Should I build a stone supporting column to sit beneath the left side of lintel?

Sorry for the longwindedness

Regards

Tony

I have photos if they would help

Advice on cleaning and repairing small patches of stonework

I have some stonework at the front of the house which is in need of filling and some of it is discoloured. I'd like to do this myself as it's not a lot that needs doing. Can anyone suggest the correct materials and methods? I've tried B&Q for stone repair products, but they don't stock anything suitable.

The stone is sandstone / Bath stone - I'm not sure if there's a difference?

Many thanks,

David

Remove paint remover off sandstone slabs

Paint was spilled on some of my sandstone slabs and the decorator put paint remover on the affected area, left it overnight and now he cannot get it off and walked away leaving me with spoiled patio area that is only 3 months old. Is it safe to try cementone brick acid to remove the paint remover bearing in mind the sandstone slabs were sealed with two coats of prior with one coat sealant. Help!

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