Discussion in 'General Chat' started by pecan, Mar 28, 2014.
love them! Did you prep the ground under each with sand or gravel first or just lay them in place?
Thanks for the comment. No sand or gravel. I did have to dig each one due to the thickness, some where 12" thick and all shapes underneath the good side. I then used my backhoe on my bobcat to push down so they set correctly. I then put loam around them by hand
Love the rock walk way. Very nice.
I found a great rock with a natural curve in it. I put it in where my 2nd pump is exiting. The exposed stone is around 18" the entire stone is over 2ft. Love the look of it. The fish are loving it. They can go under too. The tip of it is about 1" above the water. Hard to see in the picture but here it is.
What a great find! Works perfect in that spot. I want it
If you like that look, it's quite easy to copy. A 4 1/2" grinder with a diamond blade will shape almost any flat rock into a trough, and after a while it'll grow a coat of algae and look perfectly natural.
That would work but to smooth IMHO. You could also make long cuts with a masonry blade on a skill saw the snap the cuts with a hammer and chisel. This will leave a much rougher natural looking stone. Our just fine one that Mother Nature did all the work, much less dust.
You would be surprised at all the different effects you can produce with a grinder. Since it is hand-held, it can cut anything from a very narrow groove to a quite wide one, or if held flat, it can flatten an area of the rock so that it sits better in a given spot. But you are right, nature's creation is best, if it fits the purpose!
Grinders are great for outside radius also. I use it a lot on bluestone. In case some of you do not know, with bluestone you can cut the edge smooth with a saw and then do what is called flaming. You take a torch and wet the stone and heat the stone and it pops causing a rougher surface. If gives it a nice finish. Gloves and eye protection is a must. The pieces go everywhere.
We used a grinder on a rock that we used for a water feature to get the water to go where we wanted. And when we cut the slate to go around the pond, we used it to smooth the edges a little. Me and the grand kids sit there, didn't want them to get scratches or cuts.
I just remembered that you are a stonemason by trade, so I guess YOU wouldn't be surprised!
But for most of the forum members, stonework is a fairly new undertaking. My previous post was intended more for them.
I watch way too many DIY shows. They do amazing things with stone.
Pecan your rocks are so colorful and have so much character. Nothing like that here.
RobAmy love that curved rock and your walkway, awesome.
I as able to get more flat rocks yesterday. About 40 plus stones in total but here is the largest one of all 4.5ft x 6ft. They will be for our main walkway to our door which is now brick. This will most likely not happen until late fall. Work is to busy now. However the price was right, $100.00 for all of them
Oh many if I could find some nice flat rocks like that for a good price I would change all mine around the top edge.
I'm happy to hear you guys do this and it's not just my weird thing! For years I've brought home rocks, slate or whatever caught my eye. When I moved and my husband found out I was bringing my rocks with me..... Not too happy lol
I can just envision seeing him when you said that
They think we are sick and addicted and just can't help ourselves and we are but we sure aren't changin for no one
I collected every rock I dug up, thought I hit the mother load..............well found out it is what I call mush rock, in one year it becomes dirt.
That pretty reddish rock, was placed there last summer. It is now a pile of rocky dirt, totally falls apart. It was a nice 10 inch rock, no more....... The white rocks are found now and then during digging, they are quartz, but usually just small pieces found.
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