So, we wanted to include some stonework on this porch. We like the look of stone column bases, but we also like to do everything ourselves when possible. The need was for a simple, DIY friendly way to create the stone look. Now, every big box home improvement store in the world has a stonework display by the front door...but the employees never have any clue what it is, how it installs, or how to order it. Fail. After lots of research, we discovered M-Rock.
Pictures are worth a thousand words, but the phone call clinched the deal. The people are knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. About $1,000 bought everything for the porch and some extra for some future projects. For something new to us, online videos are always appreciated, and M-Rock has one:
The truck pulled up 4 days later and work began.
I can't say enough nice things about this company and their products. One or two notes that I wished I would have known:
1. A regular pine "6x6" post is sized like all pine lumber, smaller. It's actually 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 ". A cedar or other decorative post is actually a full 6x6". The M-Rock product is designed for a full 6x6" post. In order to use it, I had to add a strip of pressure treated 1/2" ply to two sides of the posts to make up the size difference. I nailed them on with galvanized ring-shank nails.
2. The post top caps are a little "vague", they are molded for a very loose fit. They are to be installed with polyurethane construction adhesive (which is terribly nasty stuff) and you have to use a lot of it. So, use masking tape to protect the top of the column, and use more tape to hold the cap in place while the adhesive dries.