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Stone stack wall

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by billsdepot, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. billsdepot

    billsdepot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I have built retaining walls but never with uneven stone. What is the process used to keep the wall level?
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,602

    This is going to sound nasty, but I know of no other way to say this:

    You piece the stone together like a puzzle. You make the pieces match each other. Lay the stone out in the grass so you can see what you have to work with, and start fitting the pieces together.

    You must have a natural eye for stonework.

    Its an art.

    a talent that comes naturally.
  3. cedarcroft

    cedarcroft LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    and a stone chipping hammer goes a long way in getting your joints tight.
  4. mgmlandscaping

    mgmlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    My advice is start with a good stone base then an inch of concrete sand. Then like the other post said to layout some pieces so you can see how the puzzle works. Take your time and you can always move things around to make sure it looks perfect.
  5. PSDF350

    PSDF350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    Wheres the nasty
  6. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    BillsDepot.....look at some pictures (or real walls if available) and take the wall apart in your mind and then rebuild it.....every piece, don't skip a stone or rock. See if you can get a feel about how they go together - one piece at a time. That helped me in the beginning. Now, I just start building and after a bit of time, I can hit the zone and it almost builds itself.....if someone comes up to me while I am on my machine and in the zone....they scare or startle me. Make it fun and it will be fun.....
  7. billsdepot

    billsdepot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Thanks for all your tips. Now I just have to wait until things warm up here before I tackle this wall.
  8. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,094

  9. billsdepot

    billsdepot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Very nice wall. Hour many labor hours went into completing it?
  10. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,094

    id day.... 14

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