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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 12:38 pm    Post subject: My new wall, slate wall Reply with quote

have been working on the garden now for a few months, in between jobs, and at weekends. Bought bags of stone and split them with a bolster, a ton of cement and a lot of back breaking work. im well pleased with how its coming along and wanted to share it wil you all.

its the first time ive ever done anything like this, so please feel free to ask questions. as you can see, the area in between is a square, will be putting in more decking on this area. stepped down from the top area, looking forward to getting finished and start b-b-q-ing !!








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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very nice job which I bet is giving you a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction. Thumbs up!
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice!! Fair play to you.
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the stonework, it is beautifully constructed. Well done.
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow well done.

Would love to try something like that on a smaller scale.

It must have taken some time to split the rocks
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good goreygreenhouse.
Care to share the source of your stone in case anyone wants to copycat you? Wink

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for all the kind comments. jeez, think i am mad though, it pretty slow work, to start with, as you can see from the pile of the ground. almost all the stone has to be split, some easier than others. the work is faster when there is a big pile of stone to choose from, the more choice the better. i am delighted with it, almost finished. cant wait to get in the decking, some lights, some plants, reseed the rest of the lawn etc.


its local gorey slate from casey concrete/ enterprises. 125 a ton bag. cant believe i didnt check the other stone specialist, s N granite, camolin. they have a stone cladding, tiles pretty much with stone stuck on the them, about 60 per sq.m. in 3 different colours. think i cud have save a hell of a lot of time and money by this. dont know if i should be pissed off or not....should have done a bit more research.



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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yours looks better in my opinion - the other looks flatish and too regular.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, finished the building of the wall yesterday and thats needed now is the capping. going with a black limestone tile. Very Happy

started to level off the topsoil so we can sow the grass and at least get the garden back to some sort of order again. no bbq until it finished....



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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see an alternative career although it is tough on the hands. Had a go with a stonemason who retired this year he had been doing it for 30 years. Skilled work but messed his hands up.
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ehhhh.....thanks for compliment but i have 2 jobs as it is!!!! when the garden is finished i will be spending a lot of free time outside relaxing, playing with the new dog
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That wall is very, very impressive.

Any up-to-date pics?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:48 pm    Post subject: video on splitting stones Reply with quote

Just today I was looking for a video on how to split stones. Found a supplier for the tools, something to score the stone with, sharp and long and a fat hammer and safety glasses. They are the same company which sells to geological outfits as I'm not sure if this is standard in most hardware stores. I'll never make anything as good as your wall, but I do have lots of rocks, some too heavy to shift, so when I dig them out, it will be useful to split them and put them as borders for beds. Then I'll have the big hole ready for a plant to put into it.
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