Angle stones, concrete L stones - prices + instructions for setting
- Prices in detail
- Material and tools
- Set Angle Stones: Instructions
Angular stones are ideal for bordering beds or as a delimitation of individual sections in the garden. They can be set by itself without any problems and are extremely resistant due to their material and can be integrated into your own green oasis. The only factor that scares many people out of buying is the price of concrete L bricks.
You want to frame your new flowerbed with angle stones "> Prices in Detail
Before you decide to place the L-stones, you should be aware of the possible prices. These are defined by the height, width and thickness of each stone and their purpose, because not every angle stone is recommended for the same use. The different types are:
- L-bricks: suitable for planting edge attachment, embankment attachment, backfill
- Angled supports: suitable for raised beds, embankment fastening, terrace and staircase frames, traffic routes
Of the two variants, especially the L-stones are more commonly found in the garden, as they are much cheaper compared to the angle brackets that have to withstand much greater forces. The types are usually offered in the following heights:
- L-stones: 30 cm, 40 cm, 50 cm, 60 cm, 80 cm
- Angles: 50 cm, 60 cm, 80 cm, 100 cm, 120 cm, 140 cm, 150 cm, 160 cm, 180 cm, 200 cm
Of course, you can order special sizes from companies that process concrete, but the sizes listed above can be found in DIY stores. Only in very few cases are these in stock in the shop, except the L-stones in the small versions. Angle stones are always paid per piece, which means that the more stones you need, the more expensive the border becomes. An example: You need L-bricks for a bedding enclosure, which should be five meters long and two meters wide. You choose stones with the dimensions 50 x 32 x 40 x 8 cm, which cost 16 euros per piece. You need:
- 30 L-bricks = (10 bricks for one long side + 5 bricks for a short side) x 2
- the costs amount to 480 Euro (16 Euro per piece x 30 required L-bricks)
Angled braces can easily cost three times as much. For example, you have to pay a total of 1, 500 euros for the stones for 30 angle brackets with the dimensions 50 x 50 x 40 x 10 cm and a unit price of 50 euros. The quantity and dimensions are of course always different and directly adapted to the project.
Tip: the prices for the stones themselves are fixed and vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. When ordering but you should pay attention to whether shipping costs are calculated because the stones are quite heavy and therefore additional costs must be included in the bill.
Material and tools
Setting the angle stones is not difficult, but requires a lot of muscle power, concentration and endurance. Even small L-stones can weigh over 50 kilograms, which in any case speaks in favor of a helping hand that can transport and place the stones together with you. For the project you need:
- angle stones
- Sand-gravel mixture with light stones
- Basalt-sand-grit mixture for heavy stones
- lean concrete
- Shovel or mini excavator (only for large projects)
- spirit level
- garden fleece
- Working gloves for sensitive hands
Vibratory plates have very few home improvement in tool shed or workshop. For this reason, it is recommended that you lend this device to a hardware store or a retailer. The prices for one day amount to about 35 euros, if you have four hours, about 30 euros.
During the preparation of the project, the pit is prepared in which the stones must be placed. Already here you need the vibrating plate to be able to offer the stones a suitable foundation. Because they are so heavy, they must stand firm and level, which simply does not work in unprocessed soil. When preparing, proceed as follows:
Step 1: Measure the height of the pit based on the height of the angle blocks. Add 20 cm for the foundation, otherwise the stones will not be able to stand properly in the pit. Then lift it off, either with the bucket or the mini excavator, which is particularly suitable for large pits.
Step 2: For the foundation, fill the mixture of sand, gravel or the mixture of basalt, grit and sand into the pit. Once this is filled in and the height of 20 cm is right, you have to compact it now. To do this you use the vibrating plate, with which you drive slowly and carefully over the foundation to strengthen the sediment mixture sufficiently.
Step 3: Now you close the foundation with a layer of concrete. Mix this and apply it evenly on the compacted foundation. Smooth the concrete so that it is level and thus makes the foundation perfect for setting the angle stones.
Step 4: Let the concrete dry out. During this time, you can ever bring the stones, if you have not already done so.
Tip: if your pit will be very big and you decide to buy the mini excavator, you can rent it as well as the vibrating plate. For these are usually calculated per day 100 €, whereby you should pay attention to the terms of delivery and possible costs.
Set Angle Stones: Instructions
Once the foundation has been prepared, you can start the actual project: setting the angle blocks. Be prepared to have tired arms after this work, especially if you want to limit a large area. Since the stones weigh a lot, it is advisable not to do this alone. Follow the instructions and you can enjoy a hard piece of work on your new limit:
Step 1: First stretch a string to better align the stones. This should not be stretched directly on the foundation, but next to it, because you still need space for the stones.
Step 2: As soon as you have the stones ready, start setting them. If you have corner joints, they will be set first because you can easily orient yourself to them. Always check the angle of the corner stones with the spirit level and the leveling staff so that they do not suddenly tilt. This is especially important for a large number of stones.
Step 3: If differences in height are noticeable in the foundation, you have to compensate them with concrete. This prolongs the work, but the result is accurate and not different.
Step 4: After all the stones have been set, pour the sediment mixture onto the lower edges of the angle blocks to fix them. You also have to compress this layer again.
5th step: Then spread the garden fleece over this layer, so that the earth does not mix with the gravel and thus affects the seat of the stones in retrospect.
Step 6: Finally, soil is filled in several layers into the pit and each layer is compacted individually.
Tip: big L-stones need a drainage. For this wrap the drainage tube into the fleece and attach it directly to the angle of the stones until it then leads out of the pit.