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Stone Piers And Copings


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#1 pocster

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 03:58 PM

Hey all!

Checked reclamation yards for these but jut ridiculously expensive!!!
Don't need to be authentic/antique - but too look aged.

I do see the concrete cast ones; but am unsure if they will look crap ! :huh:

Managed to get some quoins which look good; especially at a fiver each ! (see photo; so really want similar caps)
Want 9 caps ; and I guess any suitable coping CHEAP!!!! ;)

Any help as always appreciated!

I'm located in Bristol; so probably need delivery. I have a smart car so suspect that wouldn't really take the weight....

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#2 tonyshouse

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 04:20 PM

There is a company that makes them from reconstituted stone, inexpensive, or cast your own using white cement and yellow pit sand, I have done this a lot with no problems.

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 09:40 PM

Reconstituted stone would be my guess, but they won't look aged.
Ei Williams is one manufacturer not too far from you, I have no experience of them, other than getting a quote, which I decided against due to distance,

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 06:38 AM

Paint them with some slightly muddy milky eggy water, very fast ageing

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 08:54 AM

+1 to Tony. That's an old technique and it does work.

E.g....

http://sheptonclassi...tone-explained/

http://www.ebay.co.u...02132120/g.html

#6 pocster

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 09:29 AM

Hey guys

Ok, so aging them seems to be easy.
If I got a mould and made my own are they ok?. Also presumably I need to add some cement dye to get the colour I want? ; a bit of trial and error perhaps?
Can you get coping moulds aswell??

Cheers!

Edited by pocster, 27 April 2015 - 09:30 AM.


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Posted 27 April 2015 - 03:12 PM

OK!; moulds it is!

So!; the mould companies don't seem particularly helpful on what mix you use/ how you colour/ and what releasing agent to you.

Presumably the colour I am looking for is cream?. I also assume the more dye I add the darker?

Any advice welcome!

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 03:26 PM

Oh yes!.
An additional question! :blink:

All my 'columns' (i.e. the corners with quoins) are the same depth apart from 1 ; it is thicker so it meets up with an old existing wall.
I'm not sure what to do about the cap here i.e. the column opposite it (i.e. the other side of the opening ) is thinner. Do I just make the caps over hang visually the same on the front (street view) and the side as you walk through) ? . I can't use 2 different size caps across the same opening ; it will look crap.
Presumably I should of thought of this before I thickened up 1 of my walls.
So how do I make it look 'right' ..........??? :unsure: