Rock wall - shaping rocks

Old 05-08-12, 06:30 AM
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Rock wall - shaping rocks

I am planning a rock wall about 3 feet and will transition slope up to 5 feet high and about 40 feet long.

I would like it something like the picture.

I see a lot of walls with rocks that have a flat edge on the outside of the rock (not the top) so looking straight at the wall it as a nice finished flat look to it. Is that the type of rock? And can I use a hammer to shape the rocks, give it that flat look?
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What kind of rock do you have?
Old 05-08-12, 07:47 PM
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Hopefully, he has the kind that can be beat on with a hammer to create a flat face. More of a man than I am. I guess anything is possible, provided the guy is strong enough (and the hammer big enough).

I've built a few rock walls, and it's not easy work. Used naturally available field stone in both WI and NM. Mortared and dry-stack. I only dressed some of those to get a better fit, never to make a clean vertical face. Too many variables. A good 3-lb. maul and a brick set will get someone started. And don't forget the safety goggles, because the chips will fly.

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