4 thoughts on “Top of the Column

  1. KEN HEIT November 21, 2021 / 19:02

    Another milestone! You must be proud. It won’t be long now. If I understood you correctly, you intend to do additional repointing later with the pink cement mortar? You don’t believe the lime mortar will stand up as well to the elements? Interesting.

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    • moorelandhouse November 21, 2021 / 19:32

      Sorry for the misunderstanding. If we do the “pink” mortar it will be hot lime mortar. If you put cement mortar over the lime mortar it is disastrous. The original builder made the top coat of mortar on all the stones a pink color. It is mentioned in the description on the National Historical Register. That color of mortar is still alive and well in a few places that were kept dry over the last 130 years. We think lime mortar is more hardy than cement mortar if well maintained.

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      • KEN HEIT November 21, 2021 / 20:54

        Glad to hear it. You are right not to put the cement mortar over lime mortar. I think it looks great the way it is. Maybe a little touch up at most. Try to keep the birds away so they don’t lay seeds that will have trees growing out of the joints. Ha.

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        • moorelandhouse November 21, 2021 / 21:31

          Yes, we already have enough trees growing out the side of the walls. =)

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