How to Build a Dry-Stack Stone Retaining Wall
A dry-stack stone retaining wall not only holds back the earth, it adds beauty to a landscape.
water-based spray paint
Accent your outdoor living space with a low stone wall.
Start by measuring biggest stones and outlining position of wall with water-based spray paint.
Cut edges of outline with square-tipped shovel.
Shovel out base and level it.
Depth should be half the thickness of the stone.
Use largest stones for first row.
Tap stones with rubber mallet to set firmly.
Check row for level.
Use small pieces of stone to shim row to level.
Lay second row of stone on top of first.
Make sure the second row is also level and stable.
Make sure joints in rows do not align. Joints in second and subsequent rows should be staggered as much as possible.
Use small pieces of stone to fill gaps. Break stones with hammer to create small pieces, if necessary.
Continue adding rows in same way until wall is approximately 14 inches tall.
Stack low posts at ends of wall and top with flagstone.
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