Stone foundation wall problem.

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Old 09-22-17, 07:29 AM
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Stone foundation wall problem.

The original part of my house is approx. 90 years old and has a stone foundation that rests on sand (?!). A few years back I had to re-point a small section - no problem.

Now, another section is looking really bad. Some of the stones are actually letting go and voids are opening up. My guess is the record rain we have had recently has softened the ground beneath this part of the stonework.

Where I live there seems to be no contractor willing to come and look at it, except one who says I should just re-point it, but only to use mortar containing lime. Local building supply stores say there is no such thing.

The area in question is approx. 3' x 9'.

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Old 09-22-17, 08:05 AM
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No such thing as lime mortar? If you google it, there are a million hits. Lime mortar doesn't become as brittle as cement mortar which is what you want. You are better with a Type N.
 
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