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Unread 07-14-2004, 03:28 AM   #1
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exterior stone veneer wall on block wall

I'm in so. cal. I want to veneer a 4 foot retaining wall with natural river rock. I plan on pouring a footing but am not sure if I should inst a wire mesh on the wall, cleat in the mortar joints, or neither? Thanks
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Unread 07-14-2004, 05:51 AM   #2
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It depends on the thickness of the rock. If they are thick (like bricks) and you plan on stacking them from the footing, then wall ties are what you need. If they are thin and you intend that they be supported (vertically) by the wall, then you need to attach expanded metal lathe to the wall with tapcons, then apply a scratch coat of "fat mud."
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Hi Nicky,

I think Bob is assuming you have a wood frame wall in which case you would have to use the lath.

If the wall is masonry -- concrete or blocks) You can attach the stone directly to it with brick mortar. You will have to use brick ties or tie wire to hold the stones in place. The ties can be driven into the wall using short masonry nails
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Hi Nicky
Here is a link to someone with the same question

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