Dry Wall Stone Masonry - Tools & Equipment

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    Dry Wall Stone Masonry Tools & Equipment Melbourne

    CMP Stone in Hallam are a stonemason tools supplier in Melbourne that specialise in Dry Wall Stone Masonry Tools & Equipment Melbourne.

    We also specialise in tools for:

    1. Monumental Stone Masonry
    2. Stone Masonry Tools & Equipment
    3. Bricklaying Tools & Equipment
    4. Marble Cutting Tools & Equipment
    5. Sculpting Tools & Equipment
    6. Landscaping Tools & Equipment
    7. Tile Cutting & Tiling Tools & Equipment
    8. Dry Wall Masonry Tools & Equipment

    The most common application of dry stone building is for stone walls, which have historically served as property lines, graveyard enclosures, or terracing retaining walls. In spite of this, there are also sculptures, buildings, bridges, and other structures built entirely out of dry stone.

    As one of several possible surface treatments, dry stone walls are rough and organic in appearance and feel. In order to facilitate their installation to any suitable substrate, all of our loose stone cladding pieces have been split on the face and sawn on the back. We offer a variety of alternatives for stone masonry in Melbourne, and we know that the little things matter.

    There are many benefits to using dry stone for a wall instead of wet. More than just a symbol of preservation and history, it serves as a functional border. Dry stone walls are beautiful additions to any landscape, as they are aesthetically pleasing, can endure far longer than a wire fence, are fireproof, and can be constructed on practically any terrain, including steep inclines and swampy areas.

    Stonehedge's use of this age-old skill allows it to construct a wide variety of features, including but not limited to:

    • seats
    • steps / stiles
    • terraces
    • garden beds
    • arches
    • retaining walls
    • water features
    • entrance gates and walls
    • lower feature walls
    • free-standing boundary walls


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    Types of Stone Dry Walls

    Country Blend Walling

    The Country Blend is ideal for when a more "old drover's hut" aesthetic is desired. This stone is a combination of Spalls and Builders' Wallers in a predetermined ratio that allows for the construction of a dry stone wall using pieces put both flat and on edge. More than just Spalls, the uneven face creates a more genuine, down-to-earth impression. As an added bonus, this mixture is more widely available than the "Spalls," which means you'll save a significant amount of money on the undertaking.

    • An exquisitely rustic, "goldfields"-style
    • Makes for a beautiful, earthy wall
    • It's a huge bargain for a drystone wall.
    • Adaptable to both indoor and outdoor use

    Excellent uses for Castlemaine country mix include:

    • If you want to build a stone wall around your house but want it to have a more natural, rustic look, we suggest using country blend.
    • Feature walls, fence building, and garden walls are just some of the many uses for this versatile Castlemaine product.
    • When it comes to water features, country mix pavers are ideal because they create the impression that the fountain was hewn out of the earth.
    • When building a retaining wall, we advise using Castlemaine country blend walling stones for a look that is both natural and little less industrial.

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    Castlemaine Spalls

    Building a dry-stacked wall with Castlemaine Spalls is a strong and stable option. Chosen by hand, they have a random size range, one suitable face, and are fairly flat on top and bottom. Use this walling stone to build pillars for your gates, wing walls, retaining walls in your garden, etc.

    Standard Sizes:
    Hand-selected stone approx. 200-700 long x 100-500 high x up to 350 deep
    Selected with a "flat" top and bottom and a workable face

    Castlemaine Spalls are great for:

    • If you want to build a stone wall for your home, we suggest using spalls because they are strong and long-lasting.
    • Feature walls, feature fencing, and garden walls are just some of the many building uses we found for spalls.
    • Use these spalls to create a beautiful water feature in your yard or indoors. Most frequently seen in fountains, they are a popular choice.
    • A retaining wall constructed from spalls can be used to either hold back a slope or create attractive raised flower beds.

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    Castlemaine Strata Walling

    Comparatively, Castlemaine Spalls are larger than Castlemaine Strata Walling. As a result of careful selection (and occasionally cutting at the back), its depth is limited to 130 mm, making it an excellent choice for use in areas such as chimney breasts, pillars, and walls where space is at a premium.

    Standard Sizes
    Hand-selected stone approx. 200-700 long x 30-150 high x up to 130mm deep
    Chosen with a "flat" top and bottom and a workable face
    Cut the surface at the back of many pieces to ensure no greater than 130mm deep

    Castlemaine strata are excellent for:

    • Since strata are narrower than spalls, they can be used to build more detailed structures like chimneys, pillars, garden walls, and even barbecues.
    • When it comes to water features, Strata is the ideal stone to use because it retains their beauty and durability even when submerged in water.

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    Castlemaine Builders Wallers

    Similar to Spalls and Strata walling, but without the careful selection process and with less uniformly flat tops and bottoms, Castlemaine Builders Wallers are available. While Spalls and Strata walling are hand-selected for shape, Castlemaine Builders Wallers are not, and neither do they have the somewhat flat top and bottom that you'd expect from stone. Due to the uneven shapes of the pieces, this stone is often laid with a mortar joint, though a good stonemason can lay it dry-stacked.

    Builders and wallers in Castlemaine are excellent for:

    • Construction of Homes: Due to their less-than-perfect shape, these stones are appropriate for less-than-perfect homes.
    • Wall Building - Builders wallers are suited for a number of less structural construction jobs, including feature walls, fence construction and garden walls.
    • For water features such as fountains and ponds that appear to have formed organically, builders' wallers are an excellent material to use.
    • Retaining Walls - When dry-stacked by a skilled stonemason or laid with a mortar joint, these uneven stones can be utilized to build powerful retaining walls.

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    Dry Wall Stone Masone Tools

    For hundreds of years, wall builders have relied primarily on the same basic equipment. An ancient wall can be stripped away (demolished) with the help of a shovel, a pickaxe, and a pry bar. For removing soil from between substantial footing stones, a small garden claw or deep root puller comes in handy. If there are weeds or saplings growing close to the wall, clippers or shears can be used to remove them.

    Hand Hammer/Trimming Hammer

    It was likely one of the earliest tools created, and it continues to play a crucial role in many industries today. Consider how many people's lives are directly tied to just one simple thing. Artisans such as stonemasons, blacksmiths, and carpenters. They all use hammers to pound nails, shape wood, and persuade things into position.

    A hand hammer or trimming hammer, a sledgehammer, string lines, and support beams are all essential construction tools. The most frequent instrument is the hand hammer, also known as a trimming hammer, waller's hammer, walling hammer, or stone hammer. The ideal weight for walling is between 2 and 3 pounds, while some athletes use up to 4 pounds. A brick hammer will do the job if you're just getting started and are tight on cash, but it won't do a very good job. If you need to break up some stone, don't use a carpenter's hammer to do it.

    So many different kinds of hammers serve so many different tasks; you wouldn't think something so straightforward could have so many variations. What this teaches us is that hammers, like today's power tools, can be tailored to a specific task. And I doubt there's another industry that uses as many distinct varieties of hammer as stonemasonry does.

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    Sledge Hammer

    The ideal weight for a long-handled sledgehammer is between 6 and 10 pounds. The heads of most sledgehammers are about round. Crushing stones into hearting using this method works good, but for making controlled breaks, a large mash hammer or another hammer with a boat-shaped head, with a blade for splitting on one side of the head and a square face for trimming on the other, is excellent. Some hammers are designed to be used by striking them on a stone, whereas others are supposed to be placed on the stone and then hammered with a different hammer. Mishandling a hammer can cause the head to fall off, sending shards of steel flying, which could hit you in the leg if you're not careful.

    Expert wallers often have a tool belt full of hammers ranging in size from 2 to 16 pounds. The larger the stone you're trying to break with a hammer, the heavier the hammer should be. A three-pound and an eight-pound are ideal starting weights.

    Chisels & Points

    When working with more precision, many wallers also have access to chisels and points. Chisels are used for pruning, breaking, and splitting; they are most effective when used to split stones with their natural bedding (with grain). Although they allow for greater precision, most expert wallers only resort to them when absolute command is essential. Like chisels, points gradually narrow toward their tip in order to remove protrusions.

    You may find carbide-tipped hammers and chisels on the market. When working with really tough stones like granite, which can swiftly round over lesser hammers, this feature comes in quite handy. These tools are expensive and need special grinding wheels to stay sharp, so you should only buy them if you plan on doing a lot of work with particularly hard varieties of stone.

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    String Lines

    Since the topic of string lines is so extensive, it has its own dedicated section. They are exactly what they sound like: taut lengths of string that can serve as a benchmark for construction. Line made from masonry string is recommended. It's readily accessible at most hardware stores in a wide range of vivid colors that serve to highlight the lines while remaining inexpensive. Supports come in several forms, but the most popular are rebar stakes and batter frames, which are made of wood. Metal pegs designed to fit in cracks between wall stones are also commonly used.

    Tape Measure & Leveller

    A tape measure and level are also important, especially when constructing a new wall. When dealing with heavy stones that cannot be lifted by hand, having a selection of pry bars ranging in length from three to six feet is invaluable. In addition to the pry bars, it is also useful to have some wooden blocks on hand to use as fulcrums and makeshift wedges.

    dry wall stone masonry levelerDiamond Saws & Grinders

    When working with stones that would be too tough to chisel or hammer into form, professional wallers may turn to diamond saws and grinders. An additional tool used by experts is the hammer drill, which is used to bore holes for the feathers and wedges that facilitate the controlled splitting of massive stones.

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