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Old 06-01-2013, 03:29 PM
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Last 4 posts were mine, I didn't want to drone on in isolation.
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:18 PM
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Need to break up those big limestone rocks, any ideas?
Drill a series of holes, insert some dry sticks, add water, wait.
The sticks will expand and crack the rocks.
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...and if not I'll have a nice conversation piece.

As usual Brickie, excellent idea. :b:
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:55 PM
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Scored 35 cement sacs full of lava rocks, so that's certainly squared away. Could make my own volcano. Thing is its not the black lava loaded with 1/16 inch holes that I associate with lava rock. Stuff is gray and very light and full of micro holes.

What do you guys think?
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Sounds like pumice. If it is it should float. Should work ok.
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Thanks Greenman, that's good news. I'll toss a piece in the pool. Have to take the Rottweiler swimming anyway, he's not had much exercise in the last few.
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:37 AM
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Drill a series of holes, insert some dry sticks, add water, wait.
The sticks will expand and crack the rocks.
If the limestone is very dense this technique won't really work well....but not a bad suggestion, very early technique.

Lancer, I don't know if you can get Feathers and Wedges where you are, but you can make your own if need be....3/4" ( 19 mm?) re-bar or round steel stock for the wedges and steel shims (or round stock cut in half ) for the feathers will work. Here is a sequence using F/W splitting some granite I used for chimney cap supports....

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F/W work on the same principle as the method Brickie described, but the shear forces are much,much greater. I split stone with them regularly and describe how on my blog...pm me if you want the link. It is still employed by stone quarries around the world..and it's a blast to do too.
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Yes, such stuff would be next to impossible to find here. Been thinking about the process of making lime from limestone and the answer may be there. If I dig a hole under the limestone stone and set a fire under it and let it burn for a while, then simply by pouring water on it might make the thing fall apart. From what I've read it might just come apart practically explosively. The smaller chunks could then be heated better when we fire the bricks, then slaked.

Stonecutter, thanks for the info. My uncle built a house on a hill in Switzerland and told me a story. There was a huge boulder just in the middle of the property and various people tried this and that and could not break it up. So they brought in this old Italian stone mason who inspected the entire stone, drove a wedge or two and whacked it hard once and the thing fell to pieces.
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