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    • CommentAuthorjfb
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2018
     
    Looking at churches and old colleges round my part of the world (Oxford) there are some extremely tight joints (down to 2mm). Could anyone enlighten me on the typical/traditional methods that would be used to get such a thin bed? Clearly having very true cut stone is a good starter but how would you actually lay a 2mm lime mortar bed? A full bed with a combed tiling trowel? A very wet lime putty? A thin bed at the front and back of the stone to allow it to move down to the desired thickness?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2018
     
    Stone-masonry is very different from bricklaying, likely lime putty was used and the stones are checked and dry laid first, stone masoned to perfect then finally laid with some masons mortar - more like grout than the mortars we think of
    • CommentAuthorKenny_M
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2018
     
    I have this to the front of my sandstone built house. The stone mason refers to it as Ashlar blocks.

    Masons mortar have quite a good knowledge base and a quick search came up with below link.

    http://knowledge.masonsmortar.co.uk/knowledge/page/ashlar-bedding-and-pointing-mortar

    I know that they do very fine mortar mixes for pointing ashlar as I need to get some for my own house.
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2018
     
    Not only the beds pre-fitted and adjusted, but the entire finished surface 'dragged' smooth and flat after laying. Puts 'rasping' of EPS EWI blocks in the shade!
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