Grist Mill

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150 year old grist mill we repaired in the summer 2013.

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A section of the back wall of the room that houses the water wheel fell apart due to the original mortar breaking down from moisture over time. After clearing out the opening, we packed the interior stones with mortar to help stabilize the wall, then we excavated down to clear out all compromised areas of the wall.


 

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Next, we stabilized the outside corner of the building by removing any loose material between the inside and outside corner stones, and re-building it with new mortar and the stones we pulled out. The corners of any masonry building are extremely critical since everything is built off of their location, so we were very lucky this corner didn’t fall down completely.


 

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After stabilizing the corner, we removed the rest of the loose stones, and started building the wall up until we were above grade.


 

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Once above grade, we back filled, and continued building.


 

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The last bit of the wall is the most time consuming as the stones are much harder to fit, but is worth the time in the end.


 

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