Sunday, August 28, 2011

Stone And Concrete Walls Made With Forms

 Ever sense I first read about using a form to build a stone wall in the early 70's
 in the book Living the Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing
 I thought it could be a good idea in the right situations.

 While we were in Alamos, Sonora recently there was a fellow 
who was doing just that with a  retaining wall 
and much of it would be covered up so looks were not a priority. 

The haphazard form work is perfect for the demands of this job
 but it would be easy to tighten up the process a bit.

(Please note that this is a reworking of the post:

What would be interesting is to figure out a way to have the forms slide down
 to the next section automatically staying in the same plane.

 The vertical rebar is for concrete pillars with a brick in fill 
that will go on top of this stone and concrete section.

 The concrete bags are to protect the section just finished from sun or rain. 

Notice how this wall leans in as it gets higher. 

 With a bit more care it would be easy to to make an attractive mortared stone wall.

And the finished wall a year later.

The lower stone section retains an embankment on the other side. 

To see more on formed stone and concrete see the post:
and for more on stone walls go to LABELS on the right sidebar
and click on Fences And Walls,
or Stonework In Mexico,
or Stonework.