Here are some tips and ideas for new DIY stone arch bridge designs, ranging from fill and backing choices to arch construction tips to a wingwall design idea.
In this post we announce our discovery of three stone culverts in Glencoe Township, Butler County, Kansas and summarize their characteristics.
There are several advantages inherent to the stone arch bridge. Aesthetics, a valuable use of local resources and longevity all are factors in favor of stone arch bridges.
Longitudinal cracking is a common defect on stone arch bridges. While often not overly serious, under the right conditions this cracking can indicate a major problem.
Even with a given type of stone, there can be considerable variation. It helps to recognize some basic signs of poor stone to ensure long-term durability.
Regular checking on the progress of any and all deterioration of a stone bridge can allow serious problems to be corrected early, saving future expense and trouble.
While rubble masonry is considered the lowest class of stone work, it still can be used to make enduring structures and is peculiarly suited to DIY projects.
Squared-stone masonry is a method of building masonry to achieve a highly durable structure without resorting to the difficulty and labor required for ashlar.
Ashlar is the highest grade of stone work, and features extensive stone cutting and tight fitting joints. Ashlar work is difficult, but very durable due to the precision required.
Here are several methods that have been developed to repair stone bridges that consistently extend the life and usefulness of the structure.