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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 7/30/2018

So at long last the End Is Near with regards to the stone around the door.  By the end of the day I needed just ONE MORE STONE on the right side to have that part done!  I definitely made good progress once I was able to start last week.

I finished up all of the rock beneath the door threshold, finally restoring it to its proper look.  The other work along the right hand side moved along nicely if slowly, since it was becoming harder and harder to select the right stone to fit into the gap between the door and the hard door frame. 

In between I pulled and reset a couple of the stones around the fireplace that I had noticed were loose.  As I was working on that pair of stones I found another stupid one--somehow they decided to wedge one in a gap sideways.  I was somewhat dumbfounded...why the heck would you do that?  I levered it out and found a correctly sized stone instead.

(My opinion of the rockwork folks continues to decline.)

But anyway I got it all done except for that one last rock.  I'll do that next weekend; in the meantime I'll start researching what colors of grout I will want for the finish.  The vast bulk of the house is all dry-stack and I'm fine with that, but I installed the rock using wire mesh so I need to grout it in.  (In retrospect that was probably a mistake, but advice seemed to come to me just after I started down a particular path...ah well.)

So almost there!  Time to research grout options methinks.....


Steven in Colorado

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The right hand side of the door showing the rock work. I'll need to address fixing that little bit where I knocked off the stucco.
Beneath part of the threshold.....I picked the biggest stones I had left to make all of this a bit more "solid".
The left-hand side of the door's lower side. Tricky to find all the right sized stones, but I made it work.
You can see the bottom end of the bracing for that next-to-the-last stone up above.


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