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Newsletter - March 2017

March 01, 2017

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Indiana Cut Stone has supplied in-house fabricated limestone veneer, trims and accents to small and large projects around the globe. Based in Lawrence County, Indiana, the heart of the limestone industry, Indiana Cut Stone specializes in providing specialty Indiana limestone products for new construction as well as restoration projects.

Indiana Limestone Specifications

Indiana Limestone has been a preferred building material for classical and modern architecture for nearly two centuries. Other materials popularity waxes and wanes, but Indiana Limestone always maintains its position as the perfect building material due to its natural beauty, ease of milling and durability. Official material specifications for Indiana Limestone as prepared by the ILI are available for download on this page. It is the responsibility of the inquirer to evaluate the proper application of the data and information to specific building or other construction projects, or to employ competent and qualified personnel to do so.

Work Included:

The work under this contract shall include all labor and material necessary to furnish and satisfactorily install the Cut Indiana Oolitic Limestone in accordance with the drawings and as hereinafter specified.

Standard Practice:

The architect reserves the right to approve the material supplier for cut stone before this portion of the work is awarded. Stone and workmanship quality shall be in accordance with Industry Standards and Practices as set forth by the Indiana Limestone Institute of America, Inc., Bedford, Indiana. The stone supplier shall be a member in good standing of that organization.

Cutting & Setting Drawings:

The cut stone supplier shall prepare and submit to the architect for approval, complete cutting and setting drawings for all of the cut Indiana Limestone work. Such drawings shall show in detail the sizes, sections, and dimensions of stone, the arrangement of joints and bonding, anchoring and other necessary details. All jointing as shown by the architect on the contract drawings shall be followed, unless modifications are agreed upon in writing, or indicated upon the approved shop drawings. If the contract drawings do not show the intent of the jointing, it will be the fabricator's responsibility to establish the jointing in accordance with industry standards are practices. The general contractor shall furnish all field dimensions necessary for fabrication.

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All stone shall be cut accurately to shape and dimensions and full to the square, with jointing as shown on approved drawings. All exposed faces shall be dressed true. Beds and joints shall be at right angles to the face, and joints shall have a uniform thickness of 3/8" unless otherwise shown or noted on drawings.

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Carving and Models:

All carving shall be done by skilled carvers in a correct and artistic manner, in strict accordance with the spirit and intent of the approved shaded drawings, or from models furnished or approved by the architect.

Repairing Damaged Stone:

Repair of stone is an accepted practice and will be permitted. Some chipping is expected; repair of small ships is not required if it does not detract from the overall appearance of the work, or impair the effectiveness of the mortar or sealant. The criteria for acceptance of chips and repairs will be per standards and practices of the industry unless other criteria are mutually agreed upon by the limestone supplier and the architect.

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Loading & Shipment:

The cut Indiana Limestone shall be carefully packed for transportation with exercise of all customary and reasonable precautions against damage in transit. All cut stone under this contract shall be loaded and shipped in the sequence and quantities mutually agreed upon by the general contractor or erector and the material supplier.

Unloading & Storage at Job Site:

All stone shall be received and unloaded at the site with necessary care in handling to avoid damage or soiling. Stone shall be stored clear of the ground on nonstaining skids. Stone shall be covered with waterproof paper, clean canvas or polyethylene.