How do you guys keep your walls perfectly straight?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by cards1, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. cards1

    cards1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I have done roughly 30 walls to date and i'm still looking for an easier method to this problem.
    Scenario is your building a wall a 100' long. How do you guys keep that wall perfectly straight?(Keystone and versa-lok)

    We use the twine method which works great but it can be a pain dealing with the line in your way everytime you set a block, plus it takes alittle longer!
  2. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,720

    Never heard of a gay wall.
  3. cards1

    cards1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Sorry Marcos i owe you an apology i didn't mean to peek your interest on the whole "gay" vision i gave you but this is a landscaping website not the guy on guy website you have bookmarked!
  4. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    I think that what you are doing is it, string line every time. What else can you do?
  5. mikeny

    mikeny LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    I use a large framing square as well as a string line, drop the square over the top as long as that is level you get the true 90 degree for a straight face.
  6. CertPro

    CertPro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 139

    When I install walls, I get my base stone perfect, then I screed 1" of sand, then I snap a chalk line in the sand and follow that.
  7. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,495

    I usually try to make sure that we don't put any dresses, high heels, or make up on them.
  8. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Stringline for short walls, single dot laser and a builders square for the long ones. I have a line laser that I thought would work for this, but it turned out to be to hard to see in sunlight.
  9. steve5966

    steve5966 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    Use a 4' level or straight board. After you get a few blocks in just slide it along the back of the blocks or keep using the string. Either way works good.
  10. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,648

    We pull a string for long runs then follow it with a chalk line every 20 feet or so. If you use string, make sure you leave a small gap between the string and the block. If your blocks touch the string it just moves out and you end up with a crooked wall. For brick, screed sand, for walls, screed stone dust.

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