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RE: Packing stone

Postby james230981 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:21 am

Hi,

Plse can someone help - I need to rebuild a dry stone wall as it had collapsed.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to source packing stone? Everywhere just seems to sell decorative stone which will inevitably be quite expensive. I'm based in godalming, surrey
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Re: RE: Packing stone

Postby Tracey B » Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:02 pm

Hi James. You must have one of the only dry stone walls in Surrey! I know there is a dearth of them in your neck of the woods as I'm from that county myself.
When you say packing, do you mean the infill for the middle of the wall, what we often call 'heartings'? If so you can use almost any kind of natural type building material, ugly discarded stones, bricks, old cement, provided it is soft enough to break up into small pieces. You shouldn't need to pay for it. Gravel is not really advisable however.
The walling stone itself should provide some wedges for pinning the back of each one for stability as you dress and then lay them.
How about posting a couple of photos, I'd be interested to see what type of stone your wall is made of?
If you need any advice on the rebuild, you have come to the right place.
Good luck.
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Re: RE: Packing stone

Postby james230981 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:21 pm

Hi Tracey,

Thanks for your reply - yes, your right, hearings is what i'm looking for.

The wall is made from bargate and was previously filled with soil. Our builders ended up pretty much destroying it when we had some renovation work carried out.

I'll post some before and after pictures!
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Re: RE: Packing stone

Postby Tracey B » Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:02 am

Great. Yes please, I'd love to see some pictures.
What is bargate?
Who will be doing the work? Yourself or a contractor?
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Re: RE: Packing stone

Postby JedBaxter » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:35 pm

Hi James & Tracey,

I'm based in Surrey too!

I did some work last year on a low bargate retaining wall, and wrote it up for my website:

https://www.drystonejed.co.uk/blog/2018 ... -godalming

Bargate is a local sandstone around Guildford, can be a nice to work with but the quarries are gone now and so finding more is getting costly at salvage yards.

Infill can be builders hardcode / rubble as long as it's crushed to be not too big,
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