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    mysty2
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    Yesterdays scrappy old fireplace

    Not the finished colour just the primer


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    The final coat will go on either tomorrow or the following day depending when it dries. It will be almost white matching the original stone.


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    Mysty as you may have noticed on my repair to the stone on the outside of my property you can cut groves into the render with a large toothed blockwork saw to make it look like individual stones, I think it makes a lot or difference to the overall appearance, especially if you repoint in a slightly different colour.

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    That will happen at the end, I did try it with a trowel today, it was too wet and looked awful, so skimmed over it again. It would look odd without the joints.


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    Mysty, looks brill’.
    What did you use to fill the mantle? And can you use the same stuff externally – window surrounds for example.


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    No reason you could not use it outside. I used fast setting cement, mixed with white cement lime and 02 sand, I only used the fast setting cement as I was working sort of up side down and it needed to set quickly. If you are just filling a hole on the outside just use fine sand cement and lime. I did a 50/50 mix but as its setting you need to dampen it down with a wet sponge or it will crack. The dark cream colour that’s on the last picture is just ready mix exterior render you can buy that in any brico store. Remember to drill a few holes in the stone and put some plugs and screws in to hold it in place, obviously leave some of the head showing so as the cement can hold on to it. It is baby stuff and easy to do. There is no skill needed.


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    Mysty, looks brill’.
    What did you use to fill the mantle? And can you use the same stuff externally – window surrounds for example.

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    Have a look at this thread: http://www.frenchentree.com/france-forum/topic/broken-stone/

    Mike


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    yonner
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    thanks Mysty, all worth knowing. I have a window surround “issue” developing!

    Thanks Mike, saw that thread at the time of posting. That was useful too.


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    Preparing the swimming pool for the seasom but might need some help from spotty :grin:

    As it was

    Its not green slimy but looks like vegetable soup with lots of green bits on top, its quite deep


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    Most houses here have one of those, called mares. I think they were created when the clay was dug out to make building blocks. The upper storey of our house is made of those.


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    duckweed


    I would lie on top of the stairs and smell the cigar smoke of Castro.

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    Todays job was how to turn a cheap bit of pine into a more oaky effect to match the uprights and beams. I covered it in a very dark wood stain and its done the job.

    As it was

    This afternoon the steps are getting finished off and the new lights fitted.


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    The damaged fireplace got its last coat before it goes light cream

    And after reading some of the expert advice on here from the sparkies, I put up the first proper light.

    Just to show it works :grin:


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    grahama
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    Hi,

     

    great thread, it has been great looking through your renovation.

     

    1 question is still nagging away at me…

     

    on page 7 of the thread when you repair the top left of the rear of the house, where the large cracks are lol, you seem to have dismissed any subsidence and decided that the roof was to blame.  You are the expert and I am not trying to argue your decision.  My question is..

     

    at at roof level the end stone seems to be pushed out by about 4/5 inches, did you just pull it back to meet the next block ??  And the window store lintel looks like you just centred it.  Did you find out why the lintel needed to be centralised?

     

    sorry for the questions, I am just interested in your thought process behind it as cracks appear in many old French houses and if they are nothing generally to worry about then all the better for me !

     

    many thanks in advance,

     

    graham


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    mysty2
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    A lot of the properties in this part of the Cher have a mixture of clay and argile below the surface which means you will always get movement. If I dig a hole in the ground you hit water at 35 cm below the surface. It would be very difficult to underpin this building. All we have had after a very hot summer is a very fine hairline crack on one wall. All I did was rebuild the window stones fairly straight, nothing is perfectly straight on this house, When you are buying a house now in a region that has argile a good notaire will point out that there can be movement in an old property and there is no guarantee. The back wall is not pointed yet but will be finished before January 2017 as said on the opening post. :mail:

     

     


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