How to lay flag stones

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How to lay flag stones

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Laying flag stones is easy with this simple step by step guide. They are a great choice to use for flooring surfaces. Although there are hundreds of different stones to choose from and even more designs to create with them, the technique is basically the same. Laying flagstone is a project that can be accomplished in a weekend and does not require previous experience.


Determine the layout. Flagstone can be laid out in a natural formation, which uses stone of different shapes and sizes. The stones are positioned as they fit and not in a formed pattern. Flagstone can also be laid out in a formal pattern, which uses stone cut into different sizes of square tiles.


Mix and spread the mortar. Prepare Ready-Mix according to package directions. Spread a thin layer of mortar onto the work surface, covering a small area at a time. Use a level to ensure an even surface.


Wash the tile. Use a wet sponge to wash the surface of each stone. The mortar will adhere to a stone that had a clean surface.


Determine the grout joints. As you lay the stone in the mortar, consider how wide you want the space between the stone. To ensure accuracy between each stone, spacers can be purchased at any home improvement store.


Cut to size. Use a masonry blade for a circular saw if you have to trim the stone in order for it to fit into place.


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