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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 8/11/2018 11:39:37 PM

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.

More tomorrow!


Steven in Colorado

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