The stones atop of a stone wall are fairly easily dislodged, especially for mortarless builds. Here are some ideas to help keep everything in place.
Though it has seen some damage, the stone Rock Creek Bridge near Latham in Butler County, Kansas by C. C. Jamison remains a favorite, scenic bridge.
Mortarless stone retaining walls have to resist the perpetual thrust of the soil they are withholding. Here are several ways this can be done.
Mortarless stone arch bridges need extra care to ensure they are not overwhelmed by foliage and that friction between stones remains high.
A key concern when maintaining a mortarless stone arch bridges is how stones can be worked loose by vibration. There are ways to prevent this.
The keystone, while generally no more important than any other arch stone, does require some special attention to fit properly.
Stone cutting is a useful skill which allows for building better masonry. Various stones have specific ways they need to be cut for good results.
The weakest point of a stone arch bridge of limestone is the waterline masonry, for it is prone to disintegrating in water.
While drystack arches are more challenging to build than their mortared counterparts, following some simple rules can ensure rewarding success.
Deteriorated stones in a stone arch bridge are almost inevitably a sign of water infiltrating into the structure and needs to be taken seriously.