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Fitting coping stones to a parapet wall

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I have capped my parapet wall in code 5 lead. Under the lead I have building paper, osb3 and then a cavity tray with weep vents.


To finish I have some cast concrete coping stones, which will give a 50mm overhang on both sides, with drip channels. I have GRP on one side, and surecav on the other.


I am trying to make it leak proof for many years. Have I missing anything?


To fit the coping stones, should I put a layer of bitumen paint, or silicone a DPC on? The main reason would be to prevent the cement reacting with the lead. But I was also thinking about thermal movement of the lead which the DPC could perhaps help with.


For the mortar, would you go for a  3:1 mix as per NHBC guidelines? Is it worth putting fibres in, or some mesh?



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Both good suggestions. GRP over the top would have given me a problem wrapping over the stone on the other side. I did like the lead on its own, but keen to get a drip channel on the coping to keep the water off the wall.


In the end, I had some Resitrix primer left over, and that stuck to the lead nicely. So there's synthetic rubber between the mortar now. Probably overkill!

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