Headstone repair

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Old 05-12-11, 07:06 AM
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Headstone repair

I recently located the grave of an ancestor. The 150 y/o marble stone has fallen over and is broken in half. I would like to repair it.

Unfortunately the break isn't clean. It looks like the marble crumbled over the years. Anyone have any suggestions about putting the two pieces back together?
 
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Old 05-12-11, 08:27 AM
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You can check with the local headstone dealer and see if they have anything to do the job that they might sell to you. It is possible to drill the stone and insert re-bar to hold the pieces together. Use epoxy glue (5 or 15 minute) to glue the re-bar into the holes and also all along the break. It holds stone together very well. Make sure the break is free of dirt and debris before you start. Also you can glue the stone back to the base with the same glue. Since it is an old stone I doubt there are any glossy places left but if there are you may want to roughen that area to help the glue stick.
 
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Hi there, I do this for a living in Canada. Definitely speak with a local dealer to get their advice. However you decide to do the repair make sure the materials used are softer than the material of the stone. If the stone originally broke due to vandalism, it will probably eventually happen again. You want the stone to break again in the same location when/if that happens. Email me with photos if you want clearer direction.
 
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