Here Paul discusses a dry stack wall that he and Jocelyn put up in just a few hours that will probably last for decades! The dry stack part starts at 2:10.
To get certified for this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- Your wall should be at least 2 feet tall and 4 feet long
- Primarily built using 2 rocks over 1 and 1 rock over 2 technique
- Gravel foundation with good drainage to prevent puddling of icy water
- Wall is much thicker at the bottom than at the top
- This will give the wall the appearance, in the end, that it is leaning into the dirt
- There is a sharp gravel fill between the wall and dirt
- Not rounded gravel or sand
- The gravel is compacted and some of the rocks might rest on some of the gravel
To show you've completed this Badge Bit, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
- Your area before starting
- Your gravel foundation with drainage
- Progress about half way through, showing some of the rocks stacked and with the gravel behind the wall
- Finished project showing the size of the wall
I built a dry stack retaining wall today at the PEP1 event! Well, I built something crappy first and Paul gave me some training and then I rebuilt it better. It's holding soil back from behind a fruit tree. It would be better at holding back the hill if it was curved against the side of the hill better (C shape as you look down from above) but in this case I didn't want to undermine the berm by digging out too much.
The crappy things I did wrong the first time were:
I had dirt touching the backside of the rocks instead of rubble and gravel
I had vertical lines. It should be one rock straddling two as much as possible
So far this is the work that I'm the most proud of. There is an apple tree outside of Allerton Abbey that was in danger of being smooshed! Here is my journey to get a BB, my artsy, and make a beautiful home for the apple.
I don't know what a badge is and I will not be able to get before photos until after the Imbolc, as we only have solar power and I will not have access to my computer, where before photos are stored, and the internet for lack of power until then. But I took some photos with my phone this morning and will share them.
The wall isn't actually finished still. It is supposed to get up to the level of the black plastic livestock watering containers behind it and cover the black plastic edges. This is our used water treatment system. We started working on it in 2015 and I know I posted pictures of the beginnings on Facebook. I probably have them somewhere, but it will take power that we don't have at this time of the year to find them. I think it is about two years now that our used water goes into the system and all of the work around it is not a big priority. My husband sometimes adds a couple of stones when he sees one that he thinks looks right. I haven't added anything besides soil and plants during the past year, so he is the one needs to be credited for the work.
The black plastic containers (drinking troughs?) are our vertical plant filters. The water pipes go out the bottom of them, through the wall, and into the horizontal filter that is below the wall. The wood bark hides the pipes.
Built a wall in Arrakis on the end of the berm shed. It will protect a willow tree (who's going to enjoy the runoff from the berm shed)
My wall is 2' x 4' plus the curve/tail. Unfortunately I was on boot time and didn't realize I needed a picture of the rocks half stacked, but I did get one with the dugout and foundation put in. I understand I have not fully met the bb requirements, so do with me as you will