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Question DetailsAsked on 7/11/2020

What masonry backer board looks like "small stone pebbles stuck together with glue and fiber"

I am building an outdoor kitchen and the mason is putting the stone veneer onto a backer board that looks like "small stone pebbles that are stuck together with glue and fiber". This board is about 2" thick and looks to be about 32" x 32" (i didn't really measure it). He used these boards to shape the structure and is now putting the stone veneer onto this. Does anyone know what this product is called? Does this approach to building make sense to you?

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It sounds like he is using Wonderboard (one of many cement-board products on the market). It usually comes in 3’ x 5’ sheets, but I’ve not seen it 2” thick (usually around 1/2”). It also sounds like you need to have a heart-to-heart talk with the mason if you’re questioning the community-at-large about his methods rather than asking him directly. Most tradespeople are proud of their specialized knowledge and are happy to educate their customers.

If your first statement is true (YOU ARE BUILDING an outdoor kitchen), then your input on construction products/techniques/methods should be welcome. If, however, you’ve hired a mason with the necessary skills/experience to BUILD IT FOR YOU, please trust their knowledge, and limit your input to things like cost, aesthetics, etc.

Answered 3 months ago by Toolpirate

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