I’ve had a few email questions on my previous post on golf course stone stairs.
Question: You said the stone can vary in thickness. How do you insure that the stairway doesn’t become off level in each succeeding tread?
Answer: The stones can vary 3 inches or more. Be sure to level each stone with a stone dust shim. Put the level on the top surface to check for level, then pitch the stone forward 1%.
Question: I’m in Connecticut. Where do you get rough-cut stone?
Answer: Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you the name of a supplier.
Question: How do I off-load the stone?
Answer: Use an excavator with a suitable load rating. Call a company that sells rigging. Purchase a strap capable of handling the weight of the stone. Don’t use chains or cable. Don’t buy cheap straps. Don’t use heavily worn straps. Hint: Place the stone on wooden pieces of dunnage (2×4″ sections spread across the stone bottom). This will allow you to easily remove the strap, and reattach the strap when you move them again.
Question: My members want the stones to look alike. Can you order similar stone patterns?
Answer: Stone color and texture varies between each stone. It’s nature. Call it “character” and tell your members to appreciate the infinite color and texture of nature.
Question: I’m in New York. Can this work be done in the winter?
Answer: Yes, provided the frost is less than 4-6 inches deep. Keep the stone dust warm (load it in a small trailer and keep it inside a heated building) and compact everything before you go home. The compaction will insure that the stones won’t move in the freeze.