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Old 12-30-2012, 12:21 PM   #1
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Stone Veneer In Cold Weather


Quick question for you masons...I'm a deck guy so pardon my lack of knowledge on the subject

I need to apply some stone veneer to a couple colums made of concrete block (new block, not painted etc). Typically we would simply apply the 'stone' directly to the block w/o any barrier, mesh, etc but I'm not quite sure how I should approach it with the cold weather setting in - consistently in the 30's here now

My originial plan was to just add some accelerator to the type S but I don't want to do that only to find out it's not going to get the job done...so I thought I would hop on here and look for some expert advice.

Appreciate any help you can throw my way - thanks
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:21 PM   #2
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30's, that's right around freezing huh? I'd heat the pillars before install Say with a tiger torch or by placing a heater beside them while getting prepped,( gotta get the frost off them and get them warm right through,) and use mortar mixed with hot/warm water. After install I'd wrap the pillars with an insulated tarp. Should be fine. I don't like accelerators and no specs I've ever seen have allowed them to be used. If you can put a small electric heater under the tarp as well.

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I assume you are talking about applying manufactured thin veneer. Warm your sand and warm your water, and use a good non-chloride accelerator such as Accelguard 80. Work when it is in the 30's and rising or tent everything in and heat the space. Idealy don't grout joints much after noon and cover things up at the end of the day. A propane salamander heater blowing on the work or sometimes a big torch can speed things up. Winter sucks!
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Im doing a thin stone chimney right now, my weather clock says low of 5 the next day or 2. We have a tent, heater running all day and night. For 30;s eh, just use warm material, admix, and heat it over night. 30 is pretty warm still lol.
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If it's just a few small columns, I'd build a small enclosure, use a little electric heat inside, and move it around each column as needed. You don't necessarily need concrete-specific insulating blankets, even old blankets/comforters from the bedroom will suffice.........
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appreciate the info guys
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We build a tent and use propane heaters just a day time, works great for me
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We've been lucky this winter with moderate temps. 20*s some nights.
Typically we build a tent, run a kero heater during the day and blanket and run a small box heater at night. I bring a barrel of hot water from my house and double blanket the sand.
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Hey Karl, if you put one of those little square heaters in what used to be the fire barrel it will keep the sand warm even down to 0. There has to be some room for the air to circulate, so we just put a pallet on each side, or something. We keep the water in there too, it never freezes. Thats assuming the job has power.

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