When replacing and installing any solid masonry system, standards must be followed to ensure a quality, sustainable outcome. We keep to proven masonry applications and techniques that have survived hundreds of years, and focus on workmanship. Tech is great, but you know the famous saying “They don’t build them like they used too” proves it’s point!
Here is a small flagstone set in concrete job. Let me guide you through the proven, standard process.
Old man winter had its way with us this year!
A slurry/bond coat and mortar bed is needed to ensure adequate bond. This is a two step system that is required to meet acceptable standard. When the slurry and mortar bed meet a mechanical and chemical bond keys and holds!
Sledge hammer and pick/tunneling bar gits er done!
A “rough casting” of concrete has been set with integral steel reinforcement. The top is left rough for “mechanical bond” of flagstone. Mortar sets with a “chemical” bond.
All the stones are set in a solid bed of mortar pitched slightly.
Don’t worry, your mailman will get the picture!