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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

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.

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.

stone rubble columns

i have been asked by my boss to build two stone rubble columns can i lay a footing with four lengths of rebar to the hieght of the column, build the column filling the core with concrete

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

cottage is approx.150 yrs old

Does a crack start from the bottom up or the top down on a wall

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

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