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Stonemasons

Stonemasons often work from a set of drawings, in which each stone has been numbered for identification. Helpers may locate and carry these pre numbered stones to the masons. A derrick operator using a hoist may be needed to lift large stone pieces into place. When building a stone wall, masons set the first course of stones into a shallow bed of mortar. They then align the stones with wedges, plumb lines, and levels, and work them into position with a hard rubber mallet. Masons continue to build the wall by alternating layers of mortar and courses of stone.

Brick masons and Stonemasons

When setting stone floors, which often consist of large and heavy pieces of stone, masons first use a trowel to spread a layer of damp mortar over the surface to be covered. Using crowbars and hard rubber mallets for aligning and leveling, they then set the stone in the mortar bed. To finish, workers fill the joints and clean the stone slabs. Masons use a special hammer and chisel to cut stone. They cut stone along the grain to make various shapes and sizes, and valuable pieces often are cut with a saw that has a diamond blade. Some masons specialize in setting marble, which, in many respects, is similar to setting large pieces of stone.

Veneer thin stone commonly used for facing block foundations, shows mortar, available for most applications where block has already been laid. This type of stonework is one of the most common stone applications.

Building Stone- Thick stone, 6 inches and thicker, shows mortar. This stone application is used primarily in retaining walls, fireplaces, chimneys, columns, and exteriors of homes.

Dry Stack-All size stone cut to match, does not show mortar. A labor intensive process, dry stack is used in higher end projects. Perfect for Residential and Commercial applications. Dry Stack looks great on retaining walls, fireplaces, columns, exteriors of homes, chimneys, mailboxes, subdivision signs, and more.

Custom Dry Stack-A variation of the dry stack technique utilizing different sizes and types of stone. Unique patterns and a truly one of a kind appearance are trademarks of this style of stonework. Great for foundations, columns, fireplaces, mailboxes, gated entrances and more.

Patio/Walkway- Flat surfaces easy to walk on, ideal for transitions from driveway to front door or to a main entrance. Also, its a great application for entertaining areas.

As the work progresses, masons remove the wedges, fill the joints between stones, and use a pointed metal tool, called a tuck pointer, to smooth the mortar to an attractive finish.

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