How to Build a Dry Stone Wall

Learn how to build a dry stone wall including choosing stones, equipment, layout, ends and corners.



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Building stone walls is gratifying, and the product will last into future generations.
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Where to find your stones.
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A plumb line gets you started with even courses when building on uneven ground (dashed line shows ground level).
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An example of a good stone wall and one with adjecent joints called "runs."
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Tools for wall building.
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More tools for wall building.
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Tie stones literally keep a wall tied together from front to back.
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Tie stones are especially important at corners. They are shown here shaded.
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Tie stones are shown here overlapping in the courses.
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Come fire, hail or high water, a properly built stone wall will be there for your great-grandkids to remember you by.
CLYDE H. SMITH

















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