Mary's Flagstone Project

by Gary J. Dowda
(Gastonia, NC)

Mary's House

Mary's House

We did a 280 sq. ft. Flagstone porch. It is turning out grrat. We used your help from your website. Excellent by the way. I do have one question? We had to wait almost 3 weeks to grout the flagstone. I noticed yesterday that when we were cleaning the stone I could hear that some of them sounded hollow> Is this normal? We put from 1/2" to 1"of portland cement under each stone and mixed it at about a 2 to 2.25 ratio.

Included a picture for you to see our project.
We also did the walls to match the existing rock on the walls of the house. I think we did pretty good matching up? Also, the flagstone is Crab Orchard out of TN. It was the most flat stone we could find and it matched up great.

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by: David

Dear Mary,

Your stone looks great and we're so glad that the info here could help you out.

The hollow sound comes from not enough cement spread underneath the stone. It's fine to leave it unless it really bothers you. In that case, you'll have to cut up the stone and re-lay it.

Take care,


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