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1 - What can I get out with the cut limestone moulder's guide ?
2 - Why the guide is paying ?
3 - Why the limestone concrete isn't very known and used today?
4 - Can the materials used be easily found and at which place?
5 - I'm looking for crushed limestone in vain, do you have an address?
6 - If I don't find fine limestone, may I use other materials?
7 - How can I pay and download the guide?
8 - How long is it necessary to wait for the guide delivery after the payment is done?
9 - How shall I proceed to immediately download the guide ?
10 - What occurs if we have failed the downloading of the guide immediately after the payment ?
11 - I didn't receive the confirmation E-mail for my transaction after the payment on Paypal!
12 - Why do I need Acrobat Reader ?
13 - I do not manage to download the guide on the instant download page, what can I do?
14 - With this guide, is it possible to build the moulds without difficulties?
15 - The codes entered to go to the "Moulder Space" do not work, what can I do?
16 - I do not manage to download the plans on the site, how to make?J
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- What can I get out with the cut limestone
moulder's manual ?
The concept which is proposed on this site is new, or at least, this is the first time that it is formalized to be placed at the disposal of the private individuals. I say “at least” because it is possible that it is already used in secrecy by stone craftsmen or by the cast stone industry.
This concept is articulated around 5 basic notions:
1 - A material, the mortar or the “limestone concrete”, already used in architecture since the beginning of the years 2000 and sometimes in restoration of old buildings, for the pouring of limestone concrete slabs.
2 - Some means, the formwork or the moulding carried out with simple tools and very common materials, in the range of any handyman.
3 - A new possibility, that to cast stones directly on the wall, thanks to “in situ" formwork, to repair old stones or to save time and sweat.
4 - A method, a release from the mould and a surface hand-work carried out at fixed times in the limestone mortar cure process, determined according to the desired final aspect of the stone.
5 - A result, elements made of reconstituted limestone, very near and as beautiful as the natural stone, with equal or higher mechanical and physical qualities, usable in interior as in exterior.
The guide reveals a whole knowledge and a know-how to allow each one to exploit the concept as well as possible. The technique, the materials, the proportions, the methods and the easy ways are detailed in a simple way, with many photographs and illustrations as support, to allow any handyman to easily cast beautiful stones. The guide purchase also gives the access to a protected part of the site where plans of moulds can be downloaded and where many technical advices and informations are regularly updated.
- Why the manual is paying?
Quite simply because if it weren't, I would not have had courage to write it, the site would not exist, the concept would not be formalized today and people who realy need it could not benefit from it. More seriously, I passed and I spend a lot of time on this site. I wished to share this knowledge, a little by revolt against the real speculation and the prices of the stone, a little to valorize the manual skill of people who don't have a large wallet, but also for finally equitably gaining a little money with this f..... computer, before somebody steal me the idea…
- Why the limestone concrete isn't very
known and used today?
At first sight, because the infrastructures of the industry of concrete manufacturing are full used for the conventional gray siliceous concrete and because if they had to answer to white limestone concrete orders, they would have to entirely clean their installations and their spindle moulders. That would be too expensive. The use of the limestone concrete is thus limited for the moment to great aesthetic architectural monuments, with the installation of relatively expensive specific provisioning networks.
- Can the materials used be easily found
and at which place?
5 - I'm looking for crushed limestone in vain, do you have an address?
To make some limestone mortar, you will need a very traditional hydraulic binder that you can find in all the materials stores. You will also need some white crushed limestone 0-6 (or 0-4) also called “fine limestone aggregate” (the limestone grains are sized from 0 to 6mm). This aggregate is extracted from the limestone quarries. It is used in large quantities for the road industry, in foundation and earthwork, and for the realisation of private paths. It can be found directly in limestone quarries, where it is delivered by truck in large quantities, or at the materials wholesalers places or the material deposits for building, civil engineering and roadway, as well as sand or gravel. There are limestone quarries on all the planet, however, the quality of this material is very variable, and it can't be found as much easily in all the regions of the world and of France. It can be found easily where the limestone dominates over the granite or the sands. In the other areas, it will be necessary to look for it a little more and to visit a great number of materials deposits. You will understand that I cannot guarantee that you will find it close to where you live. Simply, if you already saw in your area some white crushed limestone on road, building sites or “white” paths, then you are likely able to find it at the wholesalers. The ideal limestone is soft and of white or cream colour, with possibly ochres traces. There are very hard gray limestones which seem less well adapted for this application, although… Even if you are in a granitic or sandy area, it is not rare that a granite or sand quarry proposes also limestone to its customers (to make profitable a rotation of truck, the manager of a Breton granite quarry who delivers in Provence can bring back limestone to the return).
Here two links that will help you to find the quarries which exist in your neighbourhood:
National French data base of the stones and careers of the historic buildings
Sites of the DRIRE (Regional Directions of the Industry of Research and Environment of France) where is proposed the lists of the authorized quarries, department by department:
Other addresses are proposed in the "Moulder Space" on the page “information and advices". Consult them and especially, communicate the addresses you found so that they could be used by others.
I can only advise you to telephone or visit the wholesalers, deposits and quarries in your neighbourhood and “to touch” the limestone they propose. The price of the crusht limestone 0-6 is at around 15€ or 20€ the ton, in the south of France. Its density is close to 1.5 tons/m3.
Even if the deposits and the quarries have the habit to the deliveries by truck for this material, explain what you want to do. With the help of a few money, you will be able to leave with a few tens of Kgs in your boot, to carry out your tests, or a few hundreds of Kgs in your car trailer. You will be able then to make you deliver a few tons if you aim larger.
On the right, a photograph of the crushed limestone 0-6 that I use personally, easily available in Poitou-Charentes. Some more beautiful and coloured one can be found, in particular in Périgord and in the South of France…
All the other materials used, in particular for the realisation of the moulds, are absolutely standard and one can find them everywhere in the market of materials and do-it-yourself.
- If I don't find fine limestone, may I use other
To make some reconstituted limestone, some crushed natural limestone is needed. But nothing prevents you from using the moulds and the concept which are proposed on the site and in the guide with other materials. While keeping the same hydraulic binder, you can use other types of aggregates, provided that the latter contain a good quantity of very fine elements. All the cast stone manufacturers don't use limestone, far from there. Various gravels and siliceous sands are often used as an aggregate. But in this case, it is the internal surface quality of the moulds which prints the final aspect of the stones. The most common aggregate, of course, is the fine sand. It can be coloured in the mass, in the concrete-mixer, with liquid dyes or with natural oxide powders like yellow ochre or natural earth. Other mixtures of various aggregates can give interressants results. To know it, it will be necessary for you to carry out tests and you will have to adapt the proportions, the curing times before the release from the moulds and the type of surface finishing according to the wanted aspect.
If you found an interesting aggregate, think to share your experiment and your results on this site.
- How can I pay and download the guide?
After you click on the "Paypal Buy Now" button, You will be directed on Paypal, the trusted leader on secure online payments. You will have the choice to pay with your credit card or with your PayPal account if you have one. PayPal helps protect your credit card information with industry-leading security and fraud prevention systems. After your payment, you will receive a email containing a coded link, and you will be automatically directed on an instant download page where you will be able to download the E-book. If you fail on this page, the coded link you received by email will allow you to try to download again during about 7 days.
- How long is it necessary to wait for
the guide delivery after the payment is done?
The "Cut limestone moulder's manual" is an “E-book”. It is a numerical file under .pdf format (printable data file). After your payment, you are automatically redirected on this site where you can immediately download the eBook. You can also download it later thanks to the coded Download link you find in the E-mail you received immediately after your payment on Paypal.
- How shall I proceed to immediately
download the guide ?
Immediately after your payment on Paypal, you are automatically redirected on an instant download page where is proposed to you a coded link like below :
By a click on the link "filename" with the right button of your mouse, you can save the file on your hard disk to preserve it and open it later.
By a click on the link with the left button of your mouse, you can immediately download it and open it with the free software “Acrobat Reader”.
The free software Acrobat Reader enables you to read and print the guide on 21x29.7cm paper with your color printer.
If you don't have the software Acrobat Reader on your PC, which is very rare, you can download it to install it while clicking on the small logo present on the guide download page.
- What occurs if you have failed the
downloading of the guide immediately after the payment?
If after your payment on Paypal, you didn't succeed in downloading the guide, check your mail. You have automatically received an E-mail for the confirmation of your transaction. This E-mail contains a coded link that looks like this :
LimestoneMouldersManual-V1-0.pdf (5.54 MB) :
While clicking on the link with the right button of your mouse, you can save the file on your hard disk to preserve it and open it later. While clicking on the link with the left button of your mouse, you can immediately download it and open it with the free software “Acrobat Reader”.
- I didn't receive the confirmation
E-mail for my transaction after the payment on Paypal!
It is a rare case, but already encountered. As you didn't receive this automatic E-mail, you don't have the possibility to download the guide later. No panic!
If 1h after your transaction, you still didn't receive this E-mail:
- Check that you didn't give an erroneous E-mail address on Paypal, during your payment.
- Check that you don't have a zealous antispam that blocks the payloadz mails.
- Place the following adress in your adress book :
- Check that your mail server is not saturated by a million of mails.
- Why do I need Acrobat Reader ?
Acrobat Reader is a free software that enables you to open, to read and to print the guide on your colour printer. If you don't have Acrobat Reader installed on your PC (this is very rare), you can download it to install it by the Acrobat Reader link present on the "guide download" page, on this site.
- I do not manage to download the guide
on the site, what can I do?
You are on the instant download page that contains the download link of the guide. It looks like this :
The first source of difficulty at the time of the downloading of the guide comes from the firewalls installed on the PCs. Extremely logically, it blocks the access on the secure site resources because he don't know it. It is thus necessary to give him the authorization of access on www.my-caststone-dream.eu, or more simply, to temporarily disconnect it, before clicking on the download link.
Second source of difficulty : At certain hours of great traffic, the host server is saturated with requests for downloading and it answers then by a “access denied”. It is necessary to return later, with your coded link received by email, to try to download again :
LimestoneMouldersManual-V1-0.pdf (5.54 MB) :
Another source of difficulty : After having clicked on the download link, the page of the navigator remains white with only the presence of the small hourglass, until the guide is entirely downloaded. This last weigh 5Mo and its downloading can thus take from few seconds to several minutes, according to your connection speed. The guide opens indeed in Acrobat Reader only at the complete end of the downloading. This can be disconcerting. Be thus patient…
Another possible source of difficulty, you don't have Acrobat Reader on your PC, or you have a too old version (former to Acrobat Reader 5). In this case, you may install a more recent version (Acrobat reader is free).
Another possibility, rather than clicking with the left button on the link to open it directly in accrobat Reader, you can click it with the right button. That will give you the possibility to save the guide on your hard disk without opening it. You will be able to open it later.
In all the cases, if you encounter difficulties when you try to download the guide, just after your payment on Paypal, don't care. You indeed received an Email containing a coded link which will enable for about 7 days to try again to download the guide. If the problem persists, send a message on the contact page.
- With this manual, is it possible to
build the moulds without difficulties?
Plans of moulds are downloadable on the site. They are .pdf files that can be opened, read and printed with any colour printer, on standard paper 21x29.7cm. They are expected to be clear and detailed to allow any handyman to understand and to succeed with the manufacture of the moulds. They contain many dimensioned drawings with exploded overview, photographs and detailed lists of elements (part lists). The materials used for the manufacture of the moulds are the most traditional and easy to work, without need for a high degree of accuracy (planks and water-resistant agglomerated wood, fir battens, boards of pine, screws for wood...). The necessary tools are them also very traditional and normally already in the possession of any handymen.
- The codes entered to go to the "Moulder
Space" do not work, what can I do?
The acces codes, user (your email adress) and password, to enter the moulder space are given in the Email you received. These codes were automatiquely checked. If you do not manage to enter, check initially that you type the good code, by respecting the capital letters and the tiny ones. If however you don't manage to enter, post a message on the contact page.
- I do not manage to download the plans
on the site, how to make?
1 - Check that you have Acrobat Reader on your PC.
2 - Check that your firewall don't bar the download. In this case, configure it so that it accepts the download on this site, or disconnect it temporarily.
4 - If nothing works, then post a message on the contact page, we will find a solution.
- My question is not treated here, how to
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