Doing it yourself has become an important facet of home ownership, but there are still many crafts that are far beyond casual work. Electrical wiring is not usually done by people who do not practice it for a living, and this is due mainly to the danger as well as...

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Building homes and storage facilities for food has long been given credit for the ability of mankind to settle in one place, but not all building materials of the ancient world were the same. People used whatever was abundant in their area, and it made a difference in how their...

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Centuries ago, farmers would clear land for crops and toss the rocks to the side of the field. They were not necessarily saving the rocks for any purpose, but many of them eventually piled them up on the edge of their property to create low walls. They did not have...

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Dressing stone, even with modern tools, takes a great deal of time that is not always available in big projects. For construction projects that must be done quickly, stone masons often use slip-forming to build their walls. This method was developed centuries ago by masons, but it originally used only...

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Stones do not come with perfectly flat surfaces for easy construction and a good looking veneer, so any flat surfaces must be manufactured out of the available rock. Masons began dressing stone many centuries ago from local rocks, and enterprising rock masons built quarries that eventually began cutting and selling...

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