I'm a general contractor in New York's Hudson River Valley, where my company specializes in historical restoration work. We pride ourselves on our ability to develop effective solutions for reconstruction problems of all kinds. Our skills were put to the test in one recent project, where we were asked to repair a century-old stone wall that ran along one side of a private road.
It was evident at a glance that the 6-foot-high wall had some serious problems. There was no provision for drainage, and soil pressure had tipped a 70-foot section - plus the pilaster at one end - up to 20 degrees beyond vertical. Most of the coping stones along the top had long since come loose as a result of seasonal freezing and thawing....
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