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post #4096 of 4102
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I'm considering the same stuff. How high is your fence? We're probably looking at either ~250 or 650-700 linear feet, depending on how crazy we want to go.

 

Our fence is 4' but they have a lower one which could save money.  Up close you can see they are held together by screws and such but it makes for easy repairs.  We had a branch fall and break a picket and while wrought iron would need welding, the picket can be unscrewed and replaced easily.  

post #4097 of 4102
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We went with the aluminum fencing that looks like wrought iron and a little under 200 linear feet ran close to $7K.  Some people in our neighborhood will do a weird mix of brick and wood or aluminum like ours mixed with wood and it never looks very good.  

Has anyone repaired motar on their own and cares to comment?  We have some rock based retaining walls where the motar on the top is cracking and I feel like it should be an easy job but don't know if that is the case.  It would not be a structural fix, just cosmetic.  I am also thinking of doing some small brick projects at the same time but again, if motar is too much of a hassle, brickwork is too.

It's not that hard. Just take your time, be neat, and clean up the mortar early and often. A big ass sponge and a bucket of water are good to have on hand.

Are you thinking of filling cracks? Or mortaring over them?
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It's not that hard. Just take your time, be neat, and clean up the mortar early and often. A big ass sponge and a bucket of water are good to have on hand.

Are you thinking of filling cracks? Or mortaring over them?


I am going to fill in cracks as best as possible then on top of the wall, make it one smooth coat.  The top layer had previous layers crack and the mortar chipped off so I want to smooth it out.  The face of the wall does not have any cracks, just the top coat.  

post #4099 of 4102
That will be easier and make for a better finished product. Trying to fill cracks can be a pain as the colour will never match. Make sure you get all the old loose bits out. An old chisel can help.
post #4100 of 4102
Mortar is easy to do--it's just really slow if you don't know the correct way to do it. Still, you can do a lot in an afternoon.

With bricks mortar tends to leave hazy residue behind when it gets where it wasn't supposed to go, even if you diligently wash it off. You have to come back with acid to remove it. That works fine with bricks, but with rocks... maybe you need to be more careful. Certainly I wouldn't do it with, say, dyed concrete pavers, since the acid takes the finish off them. You could probably still do it, but you'd have to be really neat with the mortar and I just wasn't.

But as far as matching the mortar, that turned out to be easy. You can dye the mortar or you can weather it afterwards pretty easily.
post #4101 of 4102
Update on the house: only two major projects to go before I move in. Hardwood floors need to be sanded and stained and carpet is being installed on the second floor. I'll be in by the end of the month.

I went with Benjamin Moore Simply White for the first floor with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom. Really pleased with how it turned out. It looks quite nice both during the day and at night.
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When is our first slumber party? inlove.gif
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