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Dry Stack Walls

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DoubleB, May 22, 2007.

  1. DoubleB

    DoubleB LawnSite Member
    from So.Dak.
    Messages: 60

    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.
  2. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    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...
  3. DoubleB

    DoubleB LawnSite Member
    from So.Dak.
    Messages: 60

    Maybe a stupid a question, but how does stone stacked on top of each other retain soil with no pin or lip design?
  4. DoubleB

    DoubleB LawnSite Member
    from So.Dak.
    Messages: 60

    sorry clicked my mouse to early.....also with no mortar to itself or to a wall?
  5. MRBsx2

    MRBsx2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    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.

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  6. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    MRB - How does your wall drain?
  7. MRBsx2

    MRBsx2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    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.
  8. ChampionLS

    ChampionLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,066

    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.
  9. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,174

    VERY NICE! That is just awesome work.

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