Trying something new.

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  1. gohammergo

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    Greetings. :)

    One thing I have not done much of is stone masonry. Last time was probably 25 years ago or so. And that was just a fireplace hearth repair.

    The job we are on now has two fireplaces to do, and an accent wall. It is slow going, but I am liking the way it looks. And kind of liking doing it, though I wish it would go faster. :)

    Funny story about this. My son has, up to this point, done all of our tile/masonry work. I had to do a few things at another job yesterday morning, so didn't get to this job until later in the day, so I thought I would give him a hand.

    It was slow going, and I have not been feeling too good and it was a really crappy wet day, so I was not too enthusiastic about it. It was getting late in the day and I was literally framing thoughts on how to say that I was going to back out and let him do the stone.

    And then he says, "I'm really glad you are helping me with this Dad, I feel so much better about how it is going." Well, if that didn't warm my insides up. :) So, back to the mason mason work today again. :)
     
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    I bet the more you keep at it, and start seeing your progress, the faster it will feel.

    Enjoy that time with the son, and let that stone art come to fruition.
     
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    Pics of the work thus far.

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    I will certainly enjoy it. :)

    I came prepared today with my rock hammer and scaffolding. We will kick butt today. :)
     
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    That is beautiful work, Sir. A moment of personal history I:E go9d memories for your son.
     
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    That looks great! Can a person do that over brick that looks like garbage, or should the brick get chipped flat then covered?
     
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    That third stone from the bottom is out of center. Better tear it all down and start over.

    All kidding aside, that looks great. I would be proud to sport that in my house, for sure. Keep up the good work.
     
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    That is beautiful work John. I have done a few small jobs in my own homes and know how difficult it can be to get the ‘look’. Nice job!
     
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    There are a lot of things in construction I know how to and can do. But a lot of those things I'm better off paying someone that does it all the time. I can save frustration, time, and money that way. Big (lot of) painting or sheetrock work, masonry, a whole house full of windows to name a few.

    It is nice spending time with dad when we'd get wrapped up in something like that though.
     
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    You could probably put a scratch coat of mortor over the old bricks, then put new up.
     
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    Yes. The "look". :) Working with stuff like this, getting the right look is important. Especially with two guys working on it.

    Years ago I had a stonemason do a fireplace on a house we were building. He took one side, his worker took the other. Two complete different styles. Good thing I caught them after one day. They had to tear off one section of stone and redo it!
     
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    That looks really nice @gohammergo Beautiful work!
     
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    I asked a 30 year vet of masonry how things were going. He looked up at me with that smug ‘I hate my job’ look..
    “One on top of two, just like yesterday “
    he said.
     
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    The finished product. :)

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    Wow!!!!!!!!
    Nice job. That came out amazing!

    Any chance I could hire you to work here in NY? I will pay in beer and good food. Those pictures make me want one.
     
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    Nice work my friend! :35:
     
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    Beautiful work.
     
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