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By John Vivian

John Vivian tells you every little thing you want to be aware of to construct your personal stone partitions from begin to end. He covers every little thing from uncomplicated apparatus and fabrics to construction keeping partitions, development in gates and stiles, relocating boulders, and utilizing lower-quality stone. transparent, targeted drawings exhibit precisely what to do and the way to prevent problems.

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From the footing course up, you must take another precaution. Remember that the corner must withstand expansion and con36 traction from both lengths of wall. A bias toward the layup pattern of one length over the other would cause the corner to work loose in time. Corner Tie Rocks (shown shaded) Tie stones are especially important at corners. They are shown here shaded (above), and overlapping in the courses (below). I / "'. / Overlapping Courses 37 So try not to let any edge of any rock line up with any joint in the course below.

First, Corner you want to tie your corner into both lengths of wall-which is to say that in each course it is well to have an extra-long rock extending from the corner into both the north/ south and the east/west length of wall. If you lack enough long stones to tie into both walls' each course, alternate them-tying first into one, then the other. From the footing course up, you must take another precaution. Remember that the corner must withstand expansion and con36 traction from both lengths of wall.

This should be the average height of the thickest, heaviest rocks you have. No point lifting them any higher than necessary. Do try to save the flattest rock with most uniform thickness for the top. The bigger the better, though don't save out any stones, no matter how flat they are, so large you can't handle them easily at the top. Now begin laying wall. Keep the best flat Best Sides Out face of the narrow dimensions of each stone facing out when possible. Be sure each stone is bedded solidly on the stones below it.

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