A major milestone completed today (finally!) as I put the last stone in place around the door.
I almost got there last outing
, but between working on rock inside the house and the rework/reset of a stone I didn't put in properly I lost my daylight. Checking on the existing work from last week I realized that one more rock was to even the right side up so I did that, which didn't take long but which needed some good bracing.
While that was all setting up I mocked up some different layouts using broken/old stone and various shades of grout. El Dorado Stone had recommended a color they called Smoke, but upon application it seemed way too brown for my tastes. I had already had my thoughts that it might not be what I wanted so I swung by Ye Olde Home Depot and got two others, Natural Gray and Charcoal.
Both the Natural Gray and the Charcoal were good, definitely. I had to make up two test batches for the Charcoal; I felt the first time around the "gaps" between the stones were too large and so I wasn't necessarily getting a good view as a result so I set up a second trial.
The Natural Gray seemed much more normal for me. I decided that I really would have liked to see what a Dark Gray might look like, but a.) that would have meant running back into town and b.) they didn't have any in stock anyway (I was just there and so I knew).
So in the end I went with the Natural Gray for the grout. I plan to put it on tomorrow. I think I'll mix it a little bit "wetter" than the instructions say so I can flow it a bit better, and I made sure to pick up a couple of tubes of matching sanded grout so I could touch up the edges a bit as needed. Should be glorious...fingers and other appendages crossed.
I already know I'm going to want to do the rock around the bottom of the door as well, probably. The bulk of the stone is "dry-stacked" and hence doesn't really need any grout, but around the bottom I was thinking it did in fact want it for the sake of completeness. I'll give it some thought first though.
Steven in Colorado
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