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For this to have lasted only 9 years, it sounds as if the original installation was faulty, or perhaps the mortar between slates failed. If it were just one or two pieces loose, I'd try a masonry adhesive, but if it's all coming loose, you'd be better off getting a mason's opinion and estimate.
We recently had a similar problem, and the mason charged a few hundred dollars to completely remove all the loose stones, reattach them, and re-mortar all the joints. Of course, your job may be a different size, and your area may be more or less expensive.
We were worried that a visitor or family member would be injured stepping on a loose stone.
Well, Barbara, you are certainly loyal! Many people would have given up on the slate, or been so angry they wouldn’t have wanted it back again. I applaud you.
Buy professional liquid adhesive for outdoor tile and carpet. It’s usually sold in big jugs on the bottom shelves at a flooring store or in home improvement stores. Best wishes and replacing your slate porch. And I would love to see your project posted on Hometalk. I’ll bet it will be among the best. ☺️
Thank you all. When it came loose, the mortar was powdery and I thought it may of been a bad job. Hubs thought it was because of the salt we sprinkled on it in the winter. Actually it has been loose for a couple of years and I want to get it fixed even if I have to do it myself. I'm going to try the adhesive or the Flexsteel product. I'll let you all know how it turns out.
I didn't know how long it should last if done properly.