Stone walls come in many different shapes, styles, colors, and design. They are built for many different reasons. Retaining, sitting,veneer, dry lay and masonry type walls are all common applications. In older times stone walls were used to mark property lines of farms. Today there are many new manufactured products that are used to create a stone wall.
Most walls will require Wheelbarrow, Water and Garden Hose, Shovel, String, level, and a Trowel. Additionally, depending on the style and scope of work some machines can be a great help. A Backhoe, and a cement mixer can save a lot of time and money. As always safety first, and make sure you understand how to operate your tools safely.
For a wall to last a long time it must be installed correctly. The three most important things about stone walls are the base, wall materials, drainage and backfilling. Building a stone wall can be a challenging task, and done correctly can last a life time with little or no maintenance. The reasons that walls tend to fail is because one or all of those things were not installed or taken into consideration at the time of installation. So before you get started take a look below at what you need.
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Its also important to remember that stone walls often require permits from your local town or city. Always check your local regulations prior to installing a wall. Its also important to check for all underground utilities before you dig. The last thing you want to do is hit a utility line, as most states you can have utilities marked with no charge.