Facing Foundation with Stone

Old 05-01-06, 08:17 AM
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Facing Foundation with Stone

Have a house in Maine, have a guy who will face the foundation with stone. His approach was to suround the foundation with a single row cinder blocks and place the stone on top of the blocking and go up. I don't think a cinder block shelf is up to the task of solidly supporting the stone through the frost season. Am I correct in this assumption? My vision is all the stone and cinder blocks shifting due to frost and the rock will start to fall off.........

In my mind the proper way to do this task is to have a foundation with some sort of brick ledge and work off that.......
Old 05-01-06, 09:58 AM
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Is he installing a footing first? Then motaring the block to the footing? Look at cultured stone, its a lightweight veneer that doesn't need a footing.
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Find a new mason.

This "plan" by your mason is a disaster waiting to happen.

Frank99 asked if he was going to put in a footing. Good question.

If a footing is put in, it would have to be to the depth of the original footing, because everything above this level would be on backfill from when the foundation was backfilled.

As Frank99 suggested, look at cultured stone or make sure whoever does this puts in the correct footing at the right depth.
Old 05-01-06, 12:31 PM
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No footing, nothing. Just blocking deep enough so that it is flush with grade, then building up from there. I agree, its a disaster waiting to happen.......

He spent a summer working for a mason, now he is trying to go on his own with side jobs...I find it hard to believe they used this approach on his previous jobs. I guess I shouldn't call him a mason.

Thanks for the help

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