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Rock and Roll … take 2

Category: Barn Conversion Journal July 26th, 2007 by mbc

From the back of the barn, along one side of the ‘garden’ (the enclosed area to the back of the barn) runs a mortared stone built wall. This wall butted up to the rear wall of the barn and so needed to be removed or rebuilt to avoid damp problems. Additionally, an entrance to that side of the barn is a must to allow the shortest route between the yard where we park cars and the back door to the barn.

rock conquered

So, a broken chisel and a few pints of sweat later, the concrete cap was off the wall, the majority of the stones had been carted away, the lime and concrete mortar had been carted away to my woodland path and the monster was uncovered…

This part of the base of the wall was mainly formed by a large rock (pictured). After weighing it up from every angle it became obvious that it had to be moved – if not the gateway would be too narrow. So down came more of the wall and a mammoth struggle between me, my father and a seemingly immoveable object began.

rock conquered

In its entirety a long and painful story, suffice to say that eventually, an inch at a time and after some 3 hours, the rock was dislodged from its position in the wall and man-handled, via crowbars and wooden rails some 3 or 4 metres to its new position at the side of the yard.


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  1. One small step…. | my barn conversion Says:

    […] Rock ‘n’ Roll … take 2 by mbc on July 26th, 2007 […]

  2. Building Progress ~ February 2011 | my barn conversion Says:

    […] masonary wall to the garden side of the path that leads along the back of the barn through the gap in the wall that was one of my first acts of destruction at the barn. I’m also rearranging the rock […]

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