Natural Stone Retaining Wall

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  1. Ottawa Hardscaper

    Ottawa Hardscaper LawnSite Member
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    I was wondering if anyone had any tips on building a natural stone wall. It is a free standing decorative wall. The wall is about 100' long 3' high and about 2'6" base bantering back as i go up. The rocks range in size from 4" to 2'. There are some flat rocks but most are round or angular. Any tips would help thanks.
     
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  2. DVS Hardscaper

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  3. Danscapes

    Danscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not to be a smartass (well kind of), stack the rocks and make it level.

    Your name says your a hardscaper, so this should come naturally to you.
     
  4. Rocha_Construction

    Rocha_Construction LawnSite Member
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    Do you mean a wall like this one?

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    Stone Planter Wall


    I guess the best idea would be to :

    - Build a nice and leveled footer.
    - Bury at least one course and a half of stone.
    - Build it battered.
    - Use a double row.

    But how come are you a hardscaper asking such simple question?
     
  5. DVS Hardscaper

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    Probably a lurker.



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  6. 4Russl5

    4Russl5 LawnSite Member
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    Call a dry stone mason to do the job properly. You can't get enough 'tips' to do it properly.
     
  7. 4Russl5

    4Russl5 LawnSite Member
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    Look up HL Masonry in Holstein, Ontario, Dean Mc Clellan. I have worked with him over three years and he does fine work.
     
  8. 4Russl5

    4Russl5 LawnSite Member
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  9. 4Russl5

    4Russl5 LawnSite Member
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    The question is complex to be fair to the person who asked it. If you knew more, you would have several paragraphs of 'best ideas' to help him. I am a trained dry stone mason, that holds certifications for building structural 'retaining walls'. We don't guess. We build the same way every time to have consistent results that we can warranty, and the client can understand what they are paying for. To learn more about dry stone masonry visit the Dry Stone Conservancy site, or the Great Brittan Dry Stone Walling Association site. Both are more helpful to educate yourself & your client with the building technique.
     
  10. Rocha_Construction

    Rocha_Construction LawnSite Member
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    If I am reading this correctly... are you questioning my knowledge and expertise with stone when you say "If you knew more"?

    Be careful when judging other people or companies that quick. :nono: Even if it is the internet.



    First, it is not a complicated question. It is just unusual to see a hardscaper asking how to build that type of wall.

    Second, he only asked for some tips, not a 3 hour tutorial on how to do a job he should be supposed to know already. Why should then write "several paragraphs full of ideas"? There are plenty of DIY websites that do that already.

    Third, when I said, "I guess the best idea would be to".
    I did not meant: "I guess the wall should be built like this"
    but instead: "I guess these would be the best tips or ideas".

    So, what are you trying to say?
     

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