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crumbling copings

Postby mandomister » Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:57 pm

Hi Everyone,
I posted way back in January about some stone planters i was attempting in my new garden, I have completed them & planted them up, they look well (to me anyhow), however in passing today i noticed that some of the copings have started to laminate and crumble. I have to take the blame for the problem (plain old inexperience ) a local quarry supplied all the stone & a small proportion seemed to be like shale these worked easily so i used them for copings oops!!!!! :oops: looks like i,ll have to remove & replace.
My question to you experienced wallers is what would you use this stuff for hearting perhaps?

cheers Dave
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Re: crumbling copings

Postby SteveRowe » Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:12 pm

Any photos mate ? if its crumbling into small bits sound like it only good for hearting, but depens on how small its breaking into i guess
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Re: crumbling copings

Postby jerryg » Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:16 pm

I can't work out what kind of stone you are using but if it's rubbish and fails after sitting on top of a wall after so short a time then the use of it inside a wall where it will be under all sorts of stress and breaks up then of course it'll be no use as hearting. Hearting is just as important to a wall as any other parts of a wall, if your filling is rubbish then the construction will fail too.
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Re: crumbling copings

Postby mandomister » Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:12 pm

thanks for the replies guys.
It seems to be laminating into very thin sheets then fragmenting, sorry about lack of pics but firstly i,ve just got in from work & secondly (most importantly ) i,m an absolute imbecile when it comes to technology but i,ll try to get some & post them.
Gerry, i guess your right about it not standing up to the stresses within a wall as hearting material so would you throw it away as useless?
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Re: crumbling copings

Postby jerryg » Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:42 pm

no stone is useless

if you live near a lake it sounds like they'll make really good skimmers for the kids :)
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Re: crumbling copings

Postby mandomister » Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:10 pm

Haha good idea Gerry,
My kids are maybe a bit old for skimmers however with the right marketing & Christmas just round the corner i could just possibly have the next big fad for the child who has everything.
Now off to dragons den with me :D
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Re: crumbling copings

Postby SteveRowe » Sun Nov 07, 2010 6:13 pm

Im out ....... sorry couldnt help myself :lol: :D
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