You've made your own stone, and saved up to 90% off retail prices by doing so. Hopefully you used molds, supplies and our Free Instructions from TheMoldStore.com to make your stones. If not... ah, what the heck... I'll help you anyway. :-)

We've provided some additional in-depth step-by-step instructions in another article, so hopefully you've found our TheMoldStore.com Stone Installation Tips 2 elsewhere on the site. That is the meat and potatoes of the installation procedure. THIS is the "Tips" article that you should read before even starting. It is designed to help you get your installation completed in a professional manner, and with results that you will be proud of. Follow our tips and life will be grand.

Ten helpful tips for installing faux or manufactured stone to a wall. 

PLEASE READ THESE TIPS BEFORE YOU BEGIN INSTALLATION

1. PLACING STONES: Starting at the top and working your way down, apply large stones first, covering a fairly large area before adding the small fill-in pieces of stone.

2. CUT STONES: When applying stones with cut edges, try to place the "cut" edge down when the stone is below eye level, and place the "cut" edge up when it is above eye level.

3. TIGHT JOINTS: Try to keep your stone close together on the wall surface. A wall with tight mortar joints normally looks more attractive and natural . (Small grout lines)

4. CONTRAST: This makes a good-looking stone job. Put large stones next to small ones, heavy textured stones next to smooth, thick stones next to thinner stones, darker stones next to lighter colored stones, etc.

5. NATURAL LOOKING: A good-looking stone wall is a natural looking stone wall. Always try to remember what an expensive natural stone wall looks like, and act accordingly.

6. COLORED MORTAR: Consider putting some concrete colorant in your mortar when grouting to achieve a closer color blend between mortar and stone.

7. MORTAR MIX: You can use either Pre-Mixed mortar or mix your own. If you mix your own, use regular Portland cement. If you use Pre-Mixed mortar, you may find that you need to add a little more cement for the mix to come out of the grout bag more easily. To check if proper amount of water was used, put some mortar in the bag. If it runs out too fast with no pressure being applied to the bag, it is too thin (add cement or sand). If it is difficult to get it to come out through the nozzle, it is too thick (add water). With the proper consistency, mortaring your joints will go faster and you'll end up with a more professional and natural looking installation.

8. LATHING (Wire): Over painted concrete block you should use 3/4" steel hardened concrete nails. Over exterior painted stucco, use 1-1/2" - 2" steel hardened concrete nails. If concrete surface, concrete block, stucco, or other stone or brick surface has not been painted or waterproofed, no wire is necessary.

9. SCRATCH COAT: Required when surface is rough, (lap wood siding, sheet metal, or painted masonry, etc.), or when wire is not flat... (improperly nailed). Also scratch coat can be used to fill in recessed foundations in wood framed exteriors.

10. CLEANLINESS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ANY OTHER RULE. SO KEEP HANDS CLEAN AND KEEP STONE CLEAN. ANY EXCESS MORTAR SHOULD BE "BRUSHED" OFF STONE SURFACES THE SAME DAY.

SOME LEGAL STUFF
We strongly recommend the use of eye protection, a dust mask, steel-toe footwear and protective gloves when working with or cutting any stone, bricks, pavers, etc. This is especially true when using a circular saw with a masonry blade to cut veneer, as it can create a lot of dust and stone chip debris. We strongly suggest that you always do your cutting outside, and check your local building codes.

This guide is designed to provide very basic working knowledge of the subject matter covered. It is not intended to be used exclusive of additional information. It is suggested that the user consult appropriate sources regarding local codes and application procedures if questions arise that are not covered in this very basic guide. See our website disclaimers for additional information.

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