I'm thinking about building a stone wall this summer. Has anyone here had any experience with a stacked (no+ K0d3) stone wall?
Yep... And unless you are using manufactured or decently gauged stone, it's an incredible hassle. It's one of those deceptive things - looks like the easiest, quickest way to go, in fact is one of the most challenging and time-consuming. Incredibly strong if done right, quickest to crap out if done wrong.JohnnyTooBad said:Everyone is all into "dry-stack" stone. Ummmm.... you actually do use mortar. It's just that you only use a little, and it's not visible. You should see all the stupid little stone walls people have put up in taupe-ville (the burbs) that are in a constant state of falling down because they heard the term "dry-stacked stone" and thought that was license to pile up a bunch of rocks around their trees and gardens.
Great stuff!LostRower said:My father builds dry-stack walls for a living and has never, ever used any sort of mortar.... We have stone walls at our house that are 25 years old and are still fine... tidbits of info I can pass along... If its a retaining wall, the base should be as wide as the wall is tall, if not it will eventually fall down... Make sure you put hardpack down under where the base so it doesnt settle over time... Cover your seams, meaning build it similar to a brick wall with the stone on top covering the crack in between the two stones below.
I personally absolutely hate building walls, doing it every summer will do that to you.
Here is some of our/his work.
My dad, doesn't do this for a living, but he has built many a wall in his day. At his home in Vermont he had hundreds of feet of walls all pulled from rock on his property. At the home I grew up in, he likewise built all the walls, and they are now approaching 50 years and still standing proud (as they should).GTDave said:Great stuff!
A couple of questions, if I may.
1. How much more stone than is actually going to be used for the wall should I have on hand (for fitting)?
2. How much cutting of the stone is typically involved?