Building a dry stone wall

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B uilding a Dry Stone Wall OVERVIEW Introduction Building with stone is not only beautiful, but also durable. Unlike railroad ties or wooden fences, which may rot and must be replaced every 10-15 years, stone does not deteriorate. Stone walls also offer a charm that no other material can equal, and are especially beautiful as part of flowerbeds and perennial gardens. A "dry" stonewall means one without mortar holding the stones together. Because the individual stones are able to shift slightly in response to frost heave, there's no need to have a foundation below the frost line. Even so, building with stone requires a substantial commitment of time and effort. Yet the results are so satisfying it's easy for the project to become a minor "obsession." The following steps will help you create a freestanding wall or a retaining wall that will beautify your property for as long as you own it. For a 20 foot wall section Beginner - 8 to 10 hours Intermediate - 7 to 9 hours Advanced - 5 to 8 hours Since building a stonewall involves repetitive lifting, you should wear a back-support belt. Do not use all the largest stones in lower courses and smaller stones on top. Mix the sizes of stone throughout the wall. Always save a layer of larger stones to use as a "cap stone" or topmost course. Take extra care to level the foundation for the wall from side-to-side. This will help stabilize the wall for the long term. Limit the height of a freestanding wall to less than three feet. Higher freestanding walls will lean and fall apart more easily over time.
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2009 for the course ENGR 23432 taught by Professor Puliyambath during the Spring '09 term at Punjab Engineering College.

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