Comment 68305

By Mr. Meister (anonymous) | Posted August 20, 2011 at 15:55:16 in reply to Comment 68289

That is not what I think of as field stone. Those stones look cut or shaped to me. When I hear field stone I think of this

http://www.advbasetech.com/images/stories/fieldbefore2.JPG

Or this

http://img.ehowcdn.com/article-page-main/ehow/images/a06/ke/ru/repair-leaky-fieldstone-basement-800x800.jpg

The stones are used literally the way they are found in the field. We used to live in a house built pre 1812 and the basement walls were 2' plus thick. Stones of every imaginable size from a few inches up to 2' x 3' x 3' were one stone was a chunk of the entire wall and weighed hundreds of pounds.

The advantage as explained to me was the availability of material and the sheer size and mass of the finished wall. I have a hard time imagining someone pushing over a freestanding fieldstone wall 2 or 3' thick, 8' tall and 20' long. Whereas a block wall of size could be pushed over without much difficulty.

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