Question by  Shan (19)

Can anyone give me pointers on how to dry stack field stone?

I want to make one of those old time stone fences,


Answer by  DavidS (1517)

First you need a good level surface to work off of. You can use sand or packed dirt you get the ground level before you start. Next you need some wide flat rocks specifically at the bottom and after that it is simply sorting and fitting a puzzle together to get the rocks to mesh together.


Answer by  chet13 (332)

This is not an easy task. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you sure flat rocks and that the rocks are not brittle because if one rock cracks and falls apart, the rocks above it will also fall.


Answer by  eyeguy (3760)

begin with a solid flat base not the sand or gravel that most home improvement stores recommend. Next place the larger stones on the bottom rows and smaller on top


Answer by  mb (5482)

Sort stones by size. Use larger stones at the bottom, smaller stones at the top. Use mortar between the stones. Only work up about 2 feet at a time and allow enough time between layers for the mortar to set. The wall should taper slightly at the top. You'll need a trowel, bucket for mortar and a level. Enjoy!


Answer by  JanetSteinberg (89)

The area should be flat and level. Lay a single layer of stones. The second layer should overlap the first. Continue each layer until the desired height has been reached.


Answer by  billyb (562)

you probably want to stack the stone so that air can get between it. also, you want to tilt the stone so that water will run off of it when it rains.

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