25 March, 2014

Stone Laying

I am going to attempt my first dry stone wall. The wall will be 18" high and will support a level lawned area behind it. Can I use any old concrete blocks that I have for the first (hidden) course? It would save on my having to hunt out extra stones if I can. Thanks. Also any hints on putting a step at one point of the wall would be heplful too. @RScott I live in Scotland where our land is boardered with any pretty old walls. This is my reason for wanting to include them in the landscaping of our garden. I have watched any being repaired along roadsides (after being hit by cars.) but hadn't seen it done from scratch. From what I can tell… The answer to the first part of your question is yes you can use any old concrete blocks or stone. As it is hidden it will not affect it. The basis of dry stone wall it is made up of 2 walls one inner and one outer with small pebbles stones and gravel used as a filler this enables the stones to bond together without mortar. If it is for a lawn on the inside you will have sufficient strength. One word of warning sit down and plan what you intend to do fully as it will be a very long job if it doesnt come together as hoped. To insert a step again how you will do it just have your facing wall at back of step the same as the wall. When stopping the wall just simply get a group of stones that will make a straight upright edge and keep them in reserve. Use small stones and a small quantity of mortar to fill in and help bond. Good luck it looks good but then after all the hard work involved,it ought to.

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  1. Randi Masterson March 23, 2014 at 1:07 am #
    You can use old concrete blocks as long as they are level.
  2. Ms Birdman483 March 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm #
    For safety,first lay footings. Excavate 6" cubed,the length of the wall. Fill with concrete,tamped down Allow to cure. Slope the stones back into the lawned area,it's unlikely that a dry stone wall will bear the weight of 18"of soil. A 3/2 mix of sand and cement,worked on the dry side would help bind the stones. As this is a first attempt,consult a professional before starting.