and also on the interior:
is it possible the entire wall is made of stone, or could there be a
concrete wall in the middle and the stones are just decorative? How would I
No plans of any kind available.
I used to live in Miami and at one time cement stone veneer it was the
thing. I know, my father did it to our house. It is nothing more than
cement veneer colored and formed to mimic stone. The wall is more than
likely concrete block with the imitation stone veneer. Again you will have
to go through the process to find out from the building department if they
have plans or other records of the house. You will have to do this every
time unless you know a previous owner who knows the house history.
Er, you have crossed over into the vasat region known as "Kris' area of
ignorance". Dunno what you mean.
But, if the wall is already rock'n'concrete, would there be outlets in
it....? I don't recall the he mentioned any.
The idea of a "false wall" is prob the best, since it *would* allow for
wiring and so on. I just figured that plastering it over was might be a
One would think - but there are many stange and silly things that get
I also like the "false wall" idea, tho', becuase in addition ot putting in
outlets if need be, you could insulate behind it. In warm climates, I
don't think stone/concrete is bad, but in cold climates, they can bring a
lot of cold into the living area. Same with exposed brick.
((Log houses are not the same because wood itself has insulating
properties, but I've forgotten the exact figures - I seem to recall
something to the effect of a sheet of exterior plywood having a rating of 2
or thereabouts, but I can't remember.))
Oh, I get it, because drywall compound is called "mud" - thanks :)
Is there an access hole anywhere around or above it?
I suppose you could non-destructively or repairably drill one or pry
something open to see.
You could also approach some kind of tradesperson, builder or architect, or
their associations and schools about it. They might know or tell you how to
How about the local univ's geology or mining department, then, or using some
kind of "tomograph" or drilling a core sample? ;)
If the stones are laid sideways it's a stone veneer. Stone used in walls
relies on the stones acting in compression. Most stone is 2 directional
meaning that it can only handle compression in one axis. Some common stone
is 4 directional like ignious rock (granite, marble etc) and some
sedimentary stone (sandstone) meaning that it can handle compresion in two
axis or directions .
These look like field stone of some sort which is 2 directional. For
fieldstone (like shale or slate) to be used in stone walls, they'd need to
be laid flat on top of each other so as to be in compression. If 2
direction stone were used in the wrong direction, it would crumble and
delaminate from itself in no time. When you see stones like these used in
the vertical direction you must can usually safely assume that it's stone
"..you must can usually safely assume..." Hoo boy, I think I need a
few to catch up with you and decipher that! ;)
Veneer can be added to a wall, or the veneer can be the outer skin of a
poured wall. Can't tell without poking a hole or three.
Stone veneer was very common in the late 60s/early 70s, at least in
south Florida. The stone could be either entirely fake (composed of
plaster), or actual stone pieces cemented to wire lathe on CMU wall.
Without plans, the only way to find out is to try and remove a piece,
or core drill from the inside with a sizeable bit. That way you will
discover if the stone is on lathe or directly cemented on the CMU.
Either way, it will be labor intensive to remove.
Looking at the way the sone is shaped and oriented, my guess would be
concrete core. Doesn't have the "feel" of the (few) solid stone walls I've
seen - the stones don't look like they're supporting one another, they look
more like they're stuck on.
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