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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

hole in bedroom for for a glass panel

in brief,i want a stain glass panel fitted into the bedroom wall,to which backs onto the stairway,the house is made of stone,the hole is accesseble without the need for ladders or scaffold either in the bedroom or stairway,the panel would be approx 4 feet in height and 3 feet in width,i basically want a tradesman to create the hole ready for plastering.

my question is...what tradesman does this?

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.

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

cottage is approx.150 yrs old

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.

how to lay natural stone on Asphalt

Hello there
this is a raised ground floor with 5 steps and 2 landings. what is the process to lay natural stone? what mix/thickness of sand/cement ? should I use White sand/cement ??
what to fill the gaps on the edges with?
The supplier wants a measurement for each piece/area do they will deliver all the pieces cut to size ... any tricks/tips to avoid mistakes??
Many thanks

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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