|Forum topic by 7Footer||posted 08-01-2013 06:56 PM||2052 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
08-01-2013 06:56 PM
I posted this on Home Refurbers because I thought it would be better suited for that site, but I noticed that there are about 1/8th as many people on HR than here on LJ’’s, and when I looked I was the only one online, no one has even viewed the post lol! And I know a lot of you builders probably have experience doing this type of work so I thought maybe someone here can give me some advice. OH and this is why I haven’t had hardly any time in my shop lately, I’m so friggin stupid sometimes, tackling something like this on my own awful, I can’t imagine doing this everyday, moving dirt, rock and stones is brutal, I needed 9 pallets to complete this job and used about 3.5 so far on this wall.
Quick background, I’ve lived in my house for 5 years, have a crappy un-functional backyard and the wife and I decided that this was the summer to make our own version of yard crashers, but I don’t have Ahmed Hassan and a whole crew, so its all me.
I have a small retaining wall in the front of my house that my neighbor built for us a year ago, and thats why we decided to use the same flat face manor stone. I am going to build 3 different walls, and this one is by far the biggest, the other 2 will only be about 2’ tall and don’t have any turns/corners in them.
My question is what I should do to turn the corner, I had a friend over helping me this last weekend and he is a landscaper in central Oregon but he doesn’t do a whole lot of walls like this, he placed all of the stones on the corner and said that is the only way he see’s doing it without mitre cutting each stone to fit. My problem is I don’t want those little gaps in the corner, I want tight seems all the way across just like it is on the straight part of the wall. Weirdest thing is that my wife (who is the most picky and crucial person ever when it comes to remodeling) actually likes it,she thinks it looks really good, and I just dont get it, i think the corner looks like poop. Am I not seeing things right? Because this seems totally wrong to me, even though it will take a lot of time, I feel like the only way to make it look right and clean those seams up is to (1) cut little tiny inserts for each of those little gaps, or (2) remove all the stones on the corner and make the gaps larger so I can cut larger pie-shaped pieces to fit in each gap. —Now I like the actual form or shape of the corner, but I hate the gaps, what is the best way method to turn corners with flat face stones, should I change it and make it a 90 degree turn? I like the rounded corner better but I’m thinking it may be easier to make it a 90 degree.
I found this wall in front of the local library near where I work (right before I found those planes yesterday!) and noticed that they used a combo of the flat face and the radius face stones for the turns and corners, when I drove by it I saw it and thought ‘that looks pretty good actually’ but then when I stopped the car and got up close to take a pic, I completely changed my mind, it looks like crap, it is bigtime crap in my opinion but I’m no landscaper so maybe I’m just missing something there. To me this is like when you see a girl you think is hot but you get up closer and think ‘gooo’! Good from far, far from good.
Thanks and apologies for not knowing which forum to place this in!