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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:26 pm    Post subject: stone work in gardens Reply with quote

hi some photos of a semi dry stone wall.any body like to learn how to build one yours ponddigger Idea


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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi, love what you have done. im doing stuff in the garden at the mo and would like to know how to do this....no problem with granite as ive got around 30ton or so.... Very Happy
tell me more please.....
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 9:14 pm    Post subject: dry stone wall Reply with quote

hi mk1van,.i take a few photos when i am building the next stone wall and i show you a few tricks of the the trade. yours ponddigger
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 8:33 am    Post subject: dry stone wall Reply with quote

h,i tools for the job. yours ponddigger Idea


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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i dont have the first 3 chisels......will need to get them first before i continue.....will be on the case soon Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 7:41 pm    Post subject: dry stone wall Reply with quote

hi mk1van. a book you my get is called. the art and craft of stonework by david reed ,about 20 euros. yours ponddigger Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 3:47 pm    Post subject: dry stone wall Reply with quote

hi, some photos of a lime stone wall with round piers. yours ponddigger


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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 3:59 pm    Post subject: dry stone wall Reply with quote

hi all.there are 2 tipes of dry stone walls.1 pure dry stone wall you use no mortar to hold the stones togeather the wall is built about 2 ft wide which used a lot of stone. 2 this wall is built with mortar, but you do not see the mortar,the 2 entrances in the photos are built with mortar.this method uses about half the stone as the first method ponddigger
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 7:25 pm    Post subject: dry stone wall Reply with quote

hi lets start to build a dry stone wall.every wall needs a concrete foundation,the with and height of the wall will tell you how big to make the concrete foundation. next you lay a 4inch concrete block on the foundation,this is to support the stone that you are going to lay up againt the block,olso you measure with a tape from the block what distance you want the stone from the block,5/6/7/8inch ect.by measuring from theblock the same distance ,it keeps the wall plum and no need to use a level. yours ponddigger Question
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You forgot your concrete mixer and your shovel in your list of tools! In the words of Christy Moore "Don't forget your shovle if you want to go to work'!
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 10:38 pm    Post subject: dry stone wall Reply with quote

hi sunny. well spotted Embarassed yours ponddigger Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 10:52 pm    Post subject: dry stone wall Reply with quote

hi 2 photos of the stone before you start.this stone is very square or blocky which is easy r to use because it has flat tops and bottoms so you dont have to chisell and hammer to shape as much. Shocked


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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 2:29 pm    Post subject: dry stone wall Reply with quote

hi some photos on dry stone wall construction. Very Happy ponddigger


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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 2:36 pm    Post subject: dry stone wall Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject: dry stone wall Reply with quote

hi


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