Installing cast stone

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This article explains what is needed to prepare the project site, general fireplace mantel anatomy, tools necessary, and how to install a cast stone fireplace mantel. If you would like to watch a quick video of how to install a cast stone fireplace, DeVinci has created a brand new installation guide that covers all the steps of this blog post and more, check out the video here! At this point during your project, you should have already uncrated your delivered cast stone fireplace mantel. If you are having trouble uncrating your surround, please see this blog before continuing to learn how to install your fireplace mantel.

To ensure that you know exactly what pieces are which during installation, please review the Fireplace Anatomy Cheat Sheet below:. Although DeVinci Cast Stone provides some installation accessories, you will need to provide a few things as well. Please follow this link to our blog on items needed to install your cast stone fireplace mantel surround.

Once you have collected all the installation accessories needed, you can begin preparing the site Installing cast stone installation of your cast stone fireplace mantel. Should you not need these stones, you can simply discard them, or use them at their own discretion. Fireplace Codes generally require that combustible materials wood flooring, carpeting, etc. The installer is responsible for adhering with local code requirements. To begin installation on the hearth, locate the center hearth stone, and mark the center line of the piece.

Then shim the mounting surface as necessary to gain appropriate base height and level side to side and front to back. Position right and left hearth stones with each separated from the middle stone using one-quarter inch of grout spacers. These have been provided to you by DeVinci Cast Stone. Compress the mastic to level hearth stones from side to side, front to back, and the appropriate height. Fireplace surrounds are assembled from the bottom up. The next component installed would be the bottom filler panel if one is used.

In some applications, it is used to cover the area between the floor or hearth and the firebox, or it can serve as an ash stop. In others, it is not used and can be discarded. Prior to installation, the bottom filler panel may need to be cut to the appropriate height and width. Installing cast stone one-quarter inch of grout spacers on hearth or floor below outer edges of the fire box. Align the center mark on the filler panel with the center line noted on the wall or hearth, set it on top of the grout spacers positioned earlier and press the panel against the wall.

Check and adjust level as needed and secure the panel to the wall at its right and left outer edges using J brackets. Wall brackets must always be located such that they will be completely covered by later panels. They are secured to the wall using a Tapcon at a stud point or with a heavy-duty wall toggle. Prior to installation, the side filler panels may need to be cut to the appropriate height and width. Position one-quarter inch of grout spacers and mastic on both ends of the bottom filler panel by the J brackets. Align its inside edge with firebox, set it on top of the grout spacers positioned earlier with its bottom edge secured within the J bracket holding the bottom panel and press it against the wall.

Check and adjust level as needed and secure the panel to the wall at its top edge using a J bracket. Make any adjustments necessary to assure that both side filler panels are leveled both vertically and at their tops in relation to one another. Prior to installation, the top filler panel may need to be cut to the appropriate height and width. Position one-quarter inch of grout spacers and mastic on the top of both side filler panels by the J brackets. Align its center with the center mark on the wall and set it on top of the grout spacers positioned earlier with its bottom edge secured within the J bracket holding the side filler panels and press it against the wall.

Check and adjust level as needed and secure the panel to the wall at its top edge using two Z brackets. Referring to the installation drawing, with a pencil, lightly mark the locations of the inside edge of both legs on the side filler panels. For one leg, apply a generous amount of mastic between the grout spacers and a small amount on the back surfaces where the leg will meet the wall. Check level across tops of legs and make any necessary adjustment placing shims on lower grout spacers.

For those units skip to step Check level side to side and front to back. Assure that top of header is even with top of legs. Referring to the installation drawing for the appropriate dimension, measure up from the top of one of the legs and make a mark on the Installing cast stone. Using a level, scribe a horizontal line that approximately spans the width of the fireplace surround. With the low edge of the chamfer on the top of the cleat CL facing the wall and its bottom edge centered on and aligned it with the horizontal line, Attach the cleat CL to the wall at three stud locations.

Always wear eye, hand and skin, breathing and hearing protectors appropriate for the procedure being performed. Grout can stain floors, walls and ceilings. Take necessary precautions to cover areas surrounding the work space. This aids in ease of finishing the grout lines. Added care given to the taping process will greatly enhance the finished product.

Once taping is complete, apply drop cloths and shielding to all surfaces that might be stained by grout. Please Note: Only prepare grout in a quantity that can be used in approximately one hour. Reserve a portion Installing cast stone the components for possible future patching needs.

Eight parts water to one-part Polyplex. A grout bag should be used during the grouting process. Rinse the interior of the bag with clean water to prevent sticking of the grout. Fill the bag half to two-thirds full and twist top to seal the bag. The bag can be squeezed to expel the grout from the small end and the top twisted as necessary as the contents are used. Should grout mixture begin to stiffen, rework it with mixer to return it to a usable state. DO NOT add additional water unless mixing does not return grout to its initial consistency.

Allow grout to set up until it provides resistance to slight finger pressure and grout does not transfer to finger when touched. Using a pointing tool with medium pressure and a sliding motion, press the grout into the grout lines. The blade of the tool should be flat and wider than the t width and free of rust. A mastic trowel will do perfectly. This helps reduce chances of the mortar cracking later.

The pressure applied pushes the mortar farther into the t and eliminates any unseen voids. Allow the grout to dry for approximately a half hour and then holding the blade of your grouting tool or mastic knife perpendicular to the grout lines and using short shaving motions, work grout flush with tape.

Once flush, the ts can be tooled smooth with a trowel, brushed with a horsehair masonry brush or rubbed with a piece of carpet. When all tape has been removed, the grout surface can be touched up by brushing surface lightly with damp sponge. Rinse sponge frequently in clean water container and wring out excess water. A piece of carpet can be used as well for a bit more texture. The next step involved in installing your DeVinci Cast Stone fireplace mantel is deciding whether you will seal your surround.

Please see this blog for information on protecting and cleaning your surround when accidents occur, resulting in stubborn stains. Should you need information on patching due to unforeseen mishaps, please visit this on our website or give us a call!

Please do not hesitate to give one of our customer service representatives a call should you have any questions or concerns during the installation, or while learning how to install your DeVinci Cast Stone fireplace mantel. You can also submit a contact request form via our website should your preferred method of contact Installing cast stone by. Our team is prepared to assist you in any way they possibly can!

Request A Quote. Site Preparation Clear away any furniture that may be in the way during installation. You may want to cover any furniture still in the room, and your floors if the finished floor has already been installed to prevent any accidents that may occur from ruining any of the existing furnishings. Confirm that the surface which you plan to install your surround is clean, capable of supporting the final product weight, and is level. Find and mark the center line of the firebox for your reference during installation. Using a level, transfer the center line up the wall, past the highest point of the fireplace mantel.

Use your stud finder to locate the studs surround the firebox. These lines will identify attaching points during the build. Whenever possible, the mounting brackets should be attached to the wall at stud locations. When studs are not accessible, mounting brackets should be attached to the wall using Toggle-Lock Heavy Duty Drywall Anchors. Apply a generous amount of mastic to the mounting surface. Installing the Filler Panels Fireplace surrounds are assembled from the bottom up. Locate and mark the center of the bottom filler panel.

Apply mastic to the back of the filler panel and to the surface it will sit on. Apply mastic to the back of one of the side filler panels. Install the other side filler panel in the same manner. Mark the horizontal center on the top edge of the top filler panel. Apply mastic to the back of the panel. Clean any extraneous mastic off installed panels. Install opposing leg in the same Installing cast stone. Place one-quarter inch of grout spacers and mastic on the top of each leg. On the bottom small, flat edge of the cleat CLmeasure and mark the middle.

Apply mastic to the top of the installation cleat CL. Grouting the Surround Always wear eye, hand and skin, breathing and hearing protectors appropriate for the procedure being performed. Carefully tape both sides of areas to be grouted. Grout should be mixed to the consistency of thick pancake batter.

Fill grout bag. Begin grouting fireplace surround from bottom, working up. Apply second course of grout leaving it stand proud well out from the t. Continue the two-course grouting method throughout.

Installing cast stone

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How to Install a Cast Stone Fireplace Mantel