02:17PM | 04/03/02
Member Since: 04/02/02
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In December we purchased out first home, whose oldest part is dated at about 1774 * dated from wallpaper pulled off the dining room wall several years ago*. The house has been very lovingly restored, and what needs to be done is mainly some insulation, minor reapirs, painting, what-have-you.
One of the things that needs redoing is the facing on the stone foundation. It has been done in a cement *?* probably some 75 years ago or so and is cracking and sheeting off in quite a few places. With over 200 feet of this to redo, I will be doing a bit of it at a time and I want to do it CORRECTLY the first time! There isn't any type of mesh, lathing or support under the current facing, and in lieu of patching, I plan to redo the covering completely. I am in Northern Maryland where we have high humidity most of the year, and our weather is middlin and not extreme in any one direction. * i.e. some of everything weather wise but not a lot of anyone thing winter or summer *
My questions are:
1. What should I use for a new facing material? Should several different materials be used to build up a strong and, hopefully, permanent, facing?
2. Should I use a base for the facing, such as hardware cloth, poultry wire, lathing, lattice, etc.? What would be best?

I know this needs to be redone to keep cold air/heat out and protect the 200 plus year old mortar from being exposed to the elements. I also hope to stop some of the weaping of the stone walls in the cellar with redoing this facing.

Thanks in Advance!

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