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    Thai Stonemasons granite slate and rocks

    Now wouldn't you like some nice stone walls like this in your garden, or perhaps a slate floor or staircase?

    The slate is generally about 700baht per square meter finished, but this is also quite often varnished aftwerwards if it is indoors, looks pretty damn good, the walls I have to admit I have no idea how much per square meter that would cost, but being Thailand probably pretty cheap.

    So to find your Thai stonemason all you need to do is drive around till you find a pile of rocks or slate, these they buy by the cubic meter and use as their advertising sign outside generally where they live.



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    Here you can see how thick the slate slabs are, these have to be made thinner, how the Thais do this is with a trowel and something about half a kilo in weight, ie a large file or something like that, the file is also used to trim edges and stuff like that, anyway they hold the slab vertical, rest the trowel sideways onto the slab where they know there is a weak point, and then they just tap the trowel with the file and now have 2 pieces of slate, they generally bring each piece down to about 1cm thickness, I have tried this hundreds of times and have never been able to do it, also the bit of the file where the handle should be doesn't have the handle on, this bit is pointed and used to score the thin slabs of granite so they can be broken into the shape they need to be in for laying.


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    Been waiting for this thread ever since I saw the photos in the gallery. Thanks.

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    Thai Stone Cladding

    ^ Trouble is I don't really know a lot about it and I can't do it

    Ok here we got some nice Thai stone cladding, now you got to admit that this does look real nice, this is just cemented onto an existing breeze block type wall.



    Trouble is to my mind you really need the wall to be higher than eye level as the top gives it away that it is just stone cladding as opposed to solid rocks.



    Then again maybe others don't wonder what is underneath the cladding and most people find the finish acceptable.

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    Thai stone cladding and stainless steel

    This is one way to get rid of the ugliness, cap the wall off and stick some stainless security grills in there.

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    This place is down near Mini Siam and Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, now they got some really big slabs of slate, they also do the cladding themselves.





    This is a pretty good job, probably look better if they used a darker grout though.


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    Over time it'll get dark by itself just fine.

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    Thai Stone Cladding

    Here we have some proper stone cladding, not to sure I like the bits jammed in there to straighten up stones and that though.



    Now does this look odd to you for a natural stone product?



    Yep some man made junk with loads of straight cuts which are the edges.


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    Second one looks terrible. Let me post some close ups from what I had done recently:



    Below is where water flows over it, so it's slightly more rough/articulated in the way the rocks stick out.


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    ^

    You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar... Or one out of two... which still isn't bad.

    That's exactly the example(s) I have been looking for to show our builders for the wall next to our porch!

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    When I was building my house, I was running out of money, so I only built a stone wall along the public road. I used the black rocks. When I wanted to continue the wall a couple of years later, I found that the quarrying of the black rock is now illegal, you can only get the whitish-grey rocks now. trouble with that rock is that it has iron ore in it and when it rains, you get rust streaks.

    Sorry, not a good picture as I was photographing the palms, not the wall.

    Phuket - Veni Vidi Veni

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr
    you can only get the whitish-grey rocks now. trouble with that rock is that it has iron ore in it and when it rains, you get rust streaks.
    That sounds to me like it could actually be a nice effect? A very rustic (literally) look if the whole wall were somehow uniform to an extent.

    From what little I can see in/of the pic looks like a lovely place, Sir Burr.

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    Thanks.
    No, the rust streaks look shit. Take my word for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr
    No, the rust streaks look shit. Take my word for it.
    Ahh, well I'll have to bow to your superior knowledge on it then. I sorta missed the "streaks" part of what you were saying as well, I can imagine that would look horrible.

    I'm quite partial to the rustic type look though - love the look of that cladded wall that Whitelotuslane posted. I have in fact just printed the pics off to show my builder.

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    stone wall cladding in Talang area Phuket

    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai View Post
    Been waiting for this thread ever since I saw the photos in the gallery. Thanks.
    Can anyone please advise where I can get quality stone exterior cladding for wall water feature please?

    Thanks in advance.
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    ^You'd be better served by starting a new thread with your query. Few posters will look at a ten year old thread.

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    Maybe Davis, but it worked for me, even I saw DD's signature...

    Good to hear from the Top Dawg, as well...

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