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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:07 pm 
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Does anyone have experience in the transport of solid granite slabs? I want to buy stone blocks (approx 100cm x 30cm x 40cm - some bigger, some smaller) and then transport them 150km and unload them. I want enough to build a 50m wall to about 4metres high. Has anyone done this or could recommend a company that would do this...and any ideas of approximate cost?


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Where are you Wales?


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I am in the region of Coimbra Portugal


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Why not build the wall with concrete blocks and then face it with thin granite or stone as a final finish ?

Much cheaper and also much stronger if its a retaining wall.

Transport alone of that weight/quantity of materials for 150kms is going to cost you thousands


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:35 am 
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yes, we had originally thought this too (that the wall would be stronger), but it is not the case. The solid granite blocks are a lot heavier and wider that concrete blocks and while they dont have re-inforcing steel, they are more effective in higher walls (ours is up to 5 metres). We went off cocnrete blocks after one of these walls on our neighbours property fell away after 2 years - and we had heard similar stories. Just too much groundwater and walls under too much stress.

We also found that the cost of the granite was cheaper (and looks nicer). The main cost was not the transport (only 500 euro) but the hire of the machine to pick up the rocks (70 euro per hour) which would take a few days. However, the cost of the rocks, the machinery and the men AND the transport combined was still cheaper than the cost of the raw material if we used jardimuro (Artebel). The killer cost (and deciding factor) was that we would need to hire the lifting machine to construct the wall at our end - almost 2 months at 70/hour was crushing.
Thanks anyway for your advice


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