View Full Version : Dry Stack Walls

05-22-2007, 09:53 PM
never done any stone wall building with the dry stack method. Just curious on how you guys do it. Would like to experiment with it at my own house.

D Felix
05-23-2007, 06:19 PM
To get it to look good, it takes a good eye, a lot of patience, several smashed fingers, and a "touch".... There is definately an art to it; more of an art than a science.

Base is compacted gravel, at least 6 inches, every course should be as level as possible, and don't make it look like some recently posted pics in this forum...

05-23-2007, 08:57 PM
Maybe a stupid a question, but how does stone stacked on top of each other retain soil with no pin or lip design?

05-23-2007, 08:58 PM
sorry clicked my mouse to early.....also with no mortar to itself or to a wall?

05-23-2007, 11:04 PM
You wanna have a dri stack stone wall last forever and retain soil do it the right way....im a mason and this is how we do walls Concrete, block, mortor,stone.

05-23-2007, 11:10 PM
MRB - How does your wall drain?

05-24-2007, 11:12 PM
Cg...Basically i do it like a house foundation it has a 4" drain tile ran around the entire backside to daylight on one end and 57's all around it and on top.
Ill have to post some pics of this one wall i did it was about 300+ ft long of drystack look western maryland stone and it holds back a huge pond the wall is a total of 30 inches thick.

05-25-2007, 12:15 AM
Thats a really great job! but... I have a question. If your going through all that work, what about cultured stone? Natual stone is nice, but it's heavy, you get a lot of waste, it needs to be washed, and the man made stuff may last longer. I always love real stone, but like anything that comes from nature, nothing lasts forever.

STL Ponds and Waterfalls
05-27-2007, 01:49 PM
VERY NICE! That is just awesome work.