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Tip: Measure the area and determine how many square feet of stone you will need. Remember to add 10 percent for waste.
Tack the wire mesh to the surface. This will help the cement grip the stones.
Mix the mortar in the wheelbarrow with a trowel. The mix is usually one part mortar to two parts sand, with water added until a thick peanut butter consistency is achieved.
While working up, butter the sides and backs of the stones to prevent gaps and insure a good fit.
Cut the stones with a chisel and hammer to maintain a consistent joint size. Use a level to check that the stones stay plumb against the wall while working up.