Building a granite stone wall

Written by steve smith
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The first step is to get the granite if you want to build a wall. Granite comes in cut sections that can be 2 feet wide by 4 feet long or any other width. A quarry or stone store will be able to sell you granite slabs in pre-cut widths and lengths; it can also custom cut your granite sections for you.

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Get the Equipment

You will need special equipment to help you lift and install the granite slabs. The best way to do this is with a small crane or engine hoist. Other options include renting a Bobcat machine with a chain that can latch itself around the granite block. You can carry decent-sized blocks using a Bobcat, but for really large blocks a backhoe will be necessary.

Design the Wall

Once the granite is delivered, design the wall by drawing or spray painting marks in the ground to designate the sides and ends, and any entrances the wall will have. Now all you have to do is lay down a foundation of gravel for drainage, and then stack the granite slabs. Since they may be very large, you should take some care in measuring them and arranging them in such a way that makes them stable. Overlap and interlock the slabs for the best results.

Other Tips on Stacking Granite Blocks

When stacking granite blocks you need to keep them all very flat and straight. If one block does not rest evenly, just loosen the soil beneath it, and reset it, the block will level eventually after a series of tries. When stacking blocks on top of one another, a flat bottom is a necessity. You may need to try different blocks until you find one that fits, because even though a block looks flat, it may not be. This is where precisely cut granite blocks will save a lot of time.

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