We do not have to become a stonemason if we want to build a stone retaining wall. It takes a lot of hard work but this is great fun at last. Anybody will love this as it has a great appeal to humans from thousands of years. Today, in this writing we will discuss about the dry stone retaining wall.
Using the rocks making something beautiful, working as a great satisfaction from the century after century. This works like the playing of the puzzle games with three-dimensional rocks. There can be varieties of reasons and this is true that most of the people find the rocks very pleasant and enjoyable to work with.
Overdoing of anything can convert the pleasure into drudgery and for this reason, we will suggest you spend only two hours every day to build this dry stone retaining wall. Try to think this as a summer hobby so that you cannot get bored easily.
The word “Dry” indicates here not to utilize the mortar to retain the structure together. The stones are set together with the help of gravity and placing them one after another. A dry stone wall is long-lasting than the mortar wall as it is slightly flexible. This will not fall like the mortar wears eventually after a certain period of time.
This type of walls are long-lasting and may stand flawlessly hundreds of years even it is built carelessly. But, one should be aware of the kids not to play on it which may result in the worse thing. The methods of building this type of retainer may not be easier but some extra efforts can increase longevity and safety.
Finding the rocks
You can get the rock cheaply in the places like the quarries, construction sites, farms and in the gravel pits in cheap or without any cost. This will be best for you to ask the authority before taking them as those were free of costs or paid. We can carry the rocks to our homestead by using a pickup easily but it will take many trips according to their sizes. The rocks are generally two types according to their sizes and those are rounded and angular.
Types of rocks:
These are just like the woods as this has definite grain. These are converted into irregular shapes by making the sides sharp and flat. They have predictable lines which make them easier to break as they have natural predictable lines.
This is very hard to break as it has no definite grain and it comes with varieties of shapes which helps to fit together. As they are mostly wobbly in shapes, therefore, it may take a long time for them to be placed properly with the trials and errors.
To the bottom line, this can be said that beginners must try to choose the best rock type so that the process becomes easier during the building of the wall. A bigger truck can be helpful to carry the rocks from one place to another. Long rocks which are tie-shaped are very effective to build a stronger retainer.