Stone fence posts?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by minnikin1, Feb 12, 2005.

  1. minnikin1

    minnikin1 Shepherd

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    We just caught the end of a fishing show on TV (The Fishin Hole with Jerry McKinnis).
    He was chatting on camera while building some kind of fence post I've never seen before:
    He had taken wire fence and bent it around in a circle (like you would do if you were going to put compost in it)
    He was filling the wire with loose rocks. He set those out in the field like fence posts. It had rails between the posts, that went into the stone "post".

    Unfortunately, I couldn't see how deep the "posts" were, if they were in the ground at all. I also couldn't see if there was a support of some kind inside the stone tube.

    Does anyone know what he was doing?
     
  2. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    I built around 30 of them on my place for corner post.I just drove 3 T Post,and 1 in the middle,put a couple runs of woven wire around them,filled them with rock.Won't rot or burn,holds a fence plenty good.

    big rockpile
     

  3. HermitJohn

    HermitJohn Well-Known Member

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    Always made me kinda wonder if this sort of system could be used to put up walls for an outbuilding or quick cabin. Just sort of squish the wire cylinders together into walls. Welding up of a rebar/sucker-rod/tpost/pipe skeleton before filling hoops would tie it altogether and make it pretty stable. Definitely want to do this if living in it or keeping critters in it. Maybe coat outside with some sort of stucco. Just an idea. Rocks are plentiful in the Ozarks and other places. This would be quick and inexpensive even for inexperienced person bashful about laying stone with mortar. I'm sure if one thought about it for while, could come up with an even more elegant way of doing it.
     
  4. Thatch

    Thatch Well-Known Member

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    Yes it can be done... These systems are call Gabions. Typically you'll see them used a lot for teraforming, used for retaining walls and the like. ( http://www.saguaro-juniper.com/i_and_i/rockwedges/rockwedges.html ) There are however people that build with them. Here are a few pages with information on their use in building.

    http://www.lrs.co.za/architecture2.htm

    http://www.potkettleblack.com/natbild/jakubal.html#gabions

    Most often for building use they are used as foundation elements but as you can see here (and if you research it yourself) you'll see there are a few projects that involve gabions in the main structure itself.

    J