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Paula Edwards
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We have lots and lots of small stones - the bigger ones are very useful. Their size range from 10 - 3 cm across. Most are sandstone.
Is it possible to build maybe retaining walls or pathways etc. with these stones mixing them somehow with concrete and pouring the whole stuff into formwork?
 
T. Joy
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Well they are great for using to fill in spaces between larger stones, I know that. Or for land art... 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/escher1/sets/72157613787406683/
 
Roger Merry
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On the Red Sandstone ridge here, the houses all have crushed sandstone paths - really free draining and easy to walk on 
 
Paula Edwards
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The pictures are fantastic! However our stones are way smaller and we are out of big stones only small ones left.
How do you build these sandstone paths?
 
Roger Merry
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The sandstone paths here are simply crushed sandstone rammed down with a vibro plate. The mix of stone, grit and sand created by crushing and compacting forms a sound surface.
 
Mike Dayton
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Frank Lloyd Wright used stones that were not good for laying traditional stone walls when he built his school out west.  The stone was local and cheap,  but it was porous and could not be cut.  He made forms,  laid the stones along the edge of the forms as he poured in cement,  filling the inside of the forns with as much rock as he could to save cost.  By placing the rocks along the outside edge of the forms he got a produce that looked like laid stone.  He used this process to make beams and small walls.  I am sure you can find something on line about what he did and how he did it.  The path idea sounds like a good one,  and it would be alot cheaper than trying to form concrete walls and placeing the idividual stone along the forms as you pour.  I guess it all depends on what you want,  and how much small stone you have.  Good luck
 
Doug Gillespie
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pa_friendly_guy wrote:
Frank Lloyd Wright used stones that were not good for laying traditional stone walls when he built his school out west.  The stone was local and cheap,  but it was porous and could not be cut.  He made forms,  laid the stones along the edge of the forms as he poured in cement,  filling the inside of the forns with as much rock as he could to save cost.  By placing the rocks along the outside edge of the forms he got a produce that looked like laid stone.  He used this process to make beams and small walls.  I am sure you can find something on line about what he did and how he did it.  The path idea sounds like a good one,  and it would be alot cheaper than trying to form concrete walls and placeing the idividual stone along the forms as you pour.  I guess it all depends on what you want,  and how much small stone you have.  Good luck



That would be my suggestion as well - use it for slipforming Nearing style.

Doug
 
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