Sunday, August 15, 2021

Video: Building a Boulder Retaining Wall

https://youtu.be/VWMFtECM_zw

Basalt Boulder Retaining Wall

Building a Boulder Retaining Wall.

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Descriptions: In this video I cover the methods I used to build this boulder retaining wall. Specs: 44' long x 8' high x 4'-5' wide. Total volume of stone estimated to be 150,000-200,000 pounds. From the equipment to the hands on each stone. This Basalt stone is no joke. Heavy, dense, large, crazy shapes. Stay to the end and enjoy the X10 footage. This stone was hauled off a job site in Whitmarsh Maryland. I've given it a job! No matter what size stone you will learn helpful tips to consider when building your next dry stone retaining wall. I'll point out running joints, zipper joints, 1 over 3, end of a wall, hearting and so much more. So grab some pop corn and kick pack. Enjoy the show.

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Video | Choosing Pattern Patio Bluestone | Grabo Suction Tool

 In this video I talk about what I look for when picking out my natural cleft for each of my clients projects.


Watch the video to learn more.

https://youtu.be/0eS3AUutMFE

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

VIDEO: Pro-Series - TOP SECRET! - Pattern Making Trick - Tracing Natural Stone - Custom Patios, Walkways...


Descriptions: I came up with a method back in 2016 to help save time, money and minimize waste. Guaranteed to help get that desired fit and cut every time. One simple step with a great deal of time saving. Why cut, pick up and set down over and over. This method will help you with cutting large pieces you don't want to lift over and over. Also great for areas which have curves when you are working with pattern natural stone. Or if you have something you are working around.  ------------------------------------------------------ Tools and supplies used in this video. ------------------------------------------------------ - 10 ft. x 25 ft. Clear 3.5 mil Plastic Sheeting (2-Pack) https://amzn.to/38AVEZs - Soapstone marking tool, 2 Soapstone Holders Round with 6 Refills Soapstone Pens for Welding Tools and Welders Markers https://amzn.to/38wcnNH - 6 Pack Sharpie 30101 Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker Black https://amzn.to/2WJVycI - Safety Glasses Infinity Blue Lens (12 Pair Pack) https://amzn.to/2Jowe92 - SHOWA Atlas Fit 300 Rubber-Coated Gloves, All Sizes, Gray/Blue (12 Pair) https://amzn.to/3aGJt00 - Swanson Tool IBX240 24-Inch I-Box Level (Silver) https://amzn.to/38Da7nX - Swanson SVL123 12-Inch by 24-Inch Savage Builders Square https://amzn.to/37Jspo5 - Wall Mallet - Halder Simplex 7 lb Soft-Face Hammer, Black Rubber/Nylon Faces https://amzn.to/3heSfUh - Husqvarna 967682101 K 770 Gasoline Grinder https://amzn.to/3pqQtCn Rockin Walls YouTube Channel is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com FTC Disclosure Statement: Some links on this youtube channel may be affiliate links. We may get paid if you buy something or take an action after clicking one of these.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

GRABO $250.00 Suction Cup - Lifting Vacuum Tool with Natural Stone - up to 375 lbs. Product Intro.


GRABO $250 - Happy to announce my newest sponsor to Rockin Walls. In the months to come I will be testing out the all new to me (2019) affordable GRABO by Nemo Power Tool Co. Suction Cup Tool - Great for Bluestone Pattern patios, walkways. Not to mention just about anything else you can think to lift up to 375 lbs. - 176 lbs for most natural stone. If only I had this for the last two projects my body would have thanked me over and over again.
$250.00 GRABO - Electric Vacuum Suction Cup for Stone, Tiles, Granite, Concrete Pavers & Drywall. Includes 2 x Li-ion Batteries + Pressure Gauge + Carry case.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

LAST WORKSHOP FOR 2020! OCT 23-24 FRIDAY-SATURDAY

LAST WORKSHOP FOR 2020!
OCT 23-24 FRIDAY-SATURDAY. Freestanding Wall Workshop. Limited spots available.


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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Ellicott City MD 100+ Historic Dry Laid Stone Retaining Wall Rebuild 2019


Those of you who have traveled to Historic Ellicott City know it well for two main reasons. One the flooding or two the shopping downtown. What many do not know is the vast history of the granite quarriers. When you begin to drive around you will see granite structures everywhere. The town is full of a single style of dry laid retaining walls throughout the town. It is unknown at this time any of the history, who built them or dating of the walls. I believe it was a single movement when they were constructed based on the patterns and style of the wall. If you know please share.

Many of these walls have failed due to improper building methods based on the tall faces without length in. Many have been removed or mortared due to the lack of understanding how to properly rebuild them. Until NOW! This video documents my findings in the removal and proper rebuild of the College Ave 2'-3' high roadside retaining wall. Originally built with Howard County Pink speckled granite. Which I believe predates the Baltimore County Blue speckled granite. Much of this original wall was rebuilt over time due to the invention of the automobile and there for running into the wall. I believe that the original road was only built for horse and buggy. As time went on the road widened. Due to the restrictions of the landscape and the current sizes of trucks and buses. Traffic flow there the tight twisty turns have caused many of the cars traveling uphill and crossing the line forcing vehicles coming down hill into the wall. Directly across the street were the townhomes site at the Boy's school is an additional small 2' high wall running the full length of the backyards. In the process of removal of the wall I found many of the face stones had been covered up with 100 years or road material such as asphalt. Some stones were buried over 17" below grade. The owners of the property were determined to preserve and restore this wonderful example of Historic Ellicott City's History. Countless phone calls, emails, years and time had been spent to bring this wall back to structurally sound condition without the need for maintatence for another 100-200 years. Ellicott City was the home of 2 granite quarries in the mid to late 1800. Many of the train bridges, churchs, street cobblestones, buildings and so much more were built from granite from Historic Ellicott City. The Baltimore County side was currently where the High gas station sites. The Howard county side quarry is back the railroad tracks from the B&O caboose. The restoration of phase 1 upper section 74' long on the College Ave took place in Fall 2019. With plans to complete the second lower section 76'+ Long in 2020-21 after receiving approval from the Historic Preservation Commission. For the walls along with the removal of 2 large trees. The Bureau of Highways Howard County DPW has been very proactive in facilitating the first Rebuild of Ellicott City's Granite Stone Walls. "Preserving America's Dry Laid Stone Structures 1 Stone At A Time." ~ Mark Jurus • Rockin Walls

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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