Building A Stone Retaining Wall Without Mortar!

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Stone walls look great , and what if you could build one without using any cement or mortar.  Its possible!

There are some very old techniques that have been used for centuries, and the stone walls are still standing!  If you ever go to Scotland you will see these types of walls everywhere.  Often built on hillsides where there were roads, they ensure that the hillside dont collapse onto the roads.

The technique that is shown here must not be used to build structural or load bearing walls as these would require cement and mortar so the wall doesnt collapse.  You would need to check out any restrictions in your area also.

Bottomline the walls that you see in this article which have no cement or mortar are best for retaining walls, freestanding barriers and as an ornamental feature.

Isnt this a great looking retaining wall that you will now learn how to build:

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Step #1: Prepare the site:

Put down a tarp to keep the ground clean, then clear out any debris in the way of the wall.
Make sure there is plenty of extra depth, you will fill in this extra space behind the wall later.
Make sure the ground under the wall is flat.
The harder the ground is, the better.
Use a string to form a line for the front face of the wall. You will use this line as a guide as you place your stones.

Build a Mortarless Stone Retaining Wall

Step #2: Set the base stones:

The base stones are large flat stones that will serve as the foundation for the wall.
Once you choose these stones, place them in several different orientations to see which one looks and fits the best. Wall building is essentially a large and heavy jigsaw puzzle.
The base stones should be placed with care so that the tops are level. This will give you a nice flat surface to build the rest of the wall on. You can use small rocks to shim the stone so that it sits the way you want it.

Build a Mortarless Stone Retaining Wall

Click through to step 3 and 4…
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