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Need advice on building a stone wall Answered

Building a natural stone wall~~~  I am building a natural stone wall behind my house, it will need to have a gradual slope to it , sloping from right to left,  from a height of approx. 2 n 1/2 ' going down to apprx. 1 '   The length being approx. 30 '.   Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to do this? 


The best suggestion I've got for general natural-stone-wall building advice would be to check websites like This Old House which may have discussed/illustrated how to do this, and/or hit your local library for books which might describe it, and/or see if you can find a book for sale which gives step-by-step instructions.

As far as the gradual slope goes: Set out a series of stakes along the line the wall will follow, and tie strings between successive stakes to give yourself a reference line for the wall. (Multiple stakes because the string is going to dip between each pair; shorter distance means less dip.) Adjust the strings until you like the line. Then it's a matter of finding/arranging/chipping stones to meet that height target.

Standard warning: When chipping stone ALWAYS wear eye protection.

Thank you, I'm at the point where I am starting to slope the height of the wall, it's taking a long time, as I am doing this myself, and where I live we've been dealing with hurricanes and flooding that is not normal for this area. Your suggestions seems very helpful. I will try this.

Finally, my stone wall completed good enough for me, 2012. Thanks to all who offered advice. I put it all together and it worked. May not be a professional job, but considering a little old lady did the job, it's not bad.


Do you live in the North of UK/Scotland? If so, there are a few, free, dry stone walling courses - if not, I just had a look on youtube and there's quite a lot of stuff on building walls every style possible. Have fun! ;-)

There are two major, different techniques, using random stone The great traditional method is "Dry-stone" walling, and was done with fieldstone.
A more recent method is called "slip-forming", and stones are laid in neat rows inside wooden forms and then bonded with concrete.

Note that constructing a solid dry-stone wall -- getting everything stable enough not just to stand for the moment but to withstand weather -- is something of an art.

SOMETHING of an art is a bit of an understatement I reckon ! I have a friend who does it for a living, and I think a good day is 10 feet of wall. ......