Reattaching Loose Or Spalled Granite
- CSI Division:
- Division 4- Masonry
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- This procedure includes guidance on reattaching loose or spalled granite that is reusable and has not been extensively damaged. This procedure may not be feasible for thin, friable pieces resulting from exfoliation.
GENERALLY, THIS PROCEDURE SHOULD BE PERFORMED BY AN EXPERIENCED CONTRACTOR.
- See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be reviewed along with this procedure. These guidelines cover the following sections:
- Safety Precautions
- Historic Structures Precautions
- Quality Assurance
- Delivery, Storage and Handling
- Project/Site Conditions
- Sequencing and Scheduling
- General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)
These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing this procedure and should be followed, when applicable, along with recommendations from the Regional Historic Preservation Officer (RHPO).
- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), www.astm.org
- Two part polyester resin adhesive colored to match existing granite: 15-30 minute cure at 70 degrees F.; can be applied at temperatures as low as 40 degrees F.
- Permanent coloring agent as required, compatible with adhesive, and as recommended by adhesive manufacturer.
- Stainless steel rods for reinforcement: 1/4 inch diameter threaded rods, length as required.
- Stiff bristle brushes (natural fiber or nylon)
- Polyethylene plastic mixing vessel for mixing adhesives and patching mortar
3.01 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
- Carefully remove all loose fragments of stone. Set aside all pieces in good condition for reuse.
- Clean exposed metal anchors. Remove corrosion by scraping with a stiff wire bristle brush.
- Remove unsound metal anchors and replace with new stainless steel anchors of similar size and shape. Bed anchors in epoxy grout.
- Remove dust and debris from building stone and fragments using a stiff bristle brush.
- For small fragments (.5 cubic feet or less):
- Coat exposed building stone sub-surface with adhesive. Be sure to cover the entire surface, filling all voids. Colored adhesive mix should be pre-tested to determine color match after drying.
- While adhesive is still tacky, set stone fragment in place. Prevent fragment from moving until adhesive is fully cured.
- Clean any residual adhesive from the stone surface using water and stiff bristle brush. Wet stone and fill any chips with patching mortar. Tool surface level with surrounding stone.
- For large fragments (more than 6 inches by 6 inches by 6 inches):
- Follow procedures in E. above.
- After adhesive has cured, anchor fragments with 1/4 inch smooth stainless steel rods.
- Drill 1/4 inch holes at a 45 degree downward angle through the face of the newly set stone fragment. Drill holes should extend at least 2 inches into the backing stone, 2 inches into the fragment and should allow for the rod to be countersunk at least 3/4 inches from the face of the stone.
- Space the anchor rods between 3 and 5 inches apart and no less than 2 inches from any edge.
- Clean any residual adhesive from the stone surface using water and a stiff bristle brush. Wet stone and fill holes from countersunk rods with patching mortar. Tool surface level with surrounding stone.