12 Different types of stone masonry used in construction

In this article we explain different types of stone masonry with full details. explain types of rubble masonry and ashler masonry. also we explain important points for stone masonry, surfacing of stone masonry, joints of stone masonry, appliance use for lifting a stone. therefore please read the article till the end.

What is Stone masonry?

Stone masonry is defined as a building masonry that is constructed by using stone in which stones are bonded together with the help of mortar.  

Different Types of Stone Masonry

  1. Rubble masonry
  2. Ashlar Masonry
Rubble MasonryAshlar Masonry
1. Coursed rubble masonry1. Ashlar fine
2. Uncoursed rubble masonry2. Ashlar rough tooled
3. Random rubble masonry3. Ashlar quarry faced
4. Dry rubble masonry4. Ashlar chamfered
5. Polygonal rubble masonry5. Ashlar block-in course
6. Flint rubble masonry6. Ashlar facing

Rubble Masonry:

This types of stone masonry uses stones of irregular shape and size. The stones brought from the quarry are used directly in masonry or used in masonry work after breaking them with a hammer to the required size. 

The size of the stone is less than 250 mm. 

The strength of rubble masonry depends on the following. 

  • Quality of mortar
  • Frequent use of through stone in masonry. 
  • Proper filling of mortar between stones

1.  Coursed Rubble Masonry:

In this types of stone masonry, the height of stones is 5 cm to 20 cm.  Masonry is done in layers.  The height of the stones is the same in a certain level. 

This type of masonry is done in public houses, residential houses

There are three types of Coursed rubble masonry.

  • First class coursed rubble Masonry
  • Second class coursed rubble masonry
  • Third class coursed rubble masonry
a. First class coursed rubble Masonry
first class coursed rubble masonry
  • In this types of stone masonry, all the stones have the same height. 
  • The height of each Course is the same. 
  • The thickness of the Mortar joints should not exceed 10 mm.
b. Second class coursed rubble masonry:
second class coursed rubble masonry
  • In this types of stone masonry, the stones have different heights. 
  • Not all courses have same height. 
  • Only two stones are used to get a course height. 
  • The thickness of the Mortar joints is 12 mm. 
 c. Third class coursed rubble masonry:
Third class coursed rubble masonry
  • In this types of stone masonry the stones have different heights. 
  • The minimum height of the stone is 5 cm.
  • Not all layers are the same height. 
  • Only three stones are used to get a course height. 
  • The thickness of the mortar joints is 16 mm. 

2. Un-coursed Rubble Masonry:

Uncoursed rubble masonry
  • This types of stone masonry, Stones are not dressed.  But, the corners of the stones which are obtained from the mine are removed with the help of a hammer and then used. 
  • Masonry’s work does not occur in layers. 
  • The cavities between the first sized large stones are filled with small stones. 
  • The height of masonry should be equalized every 40 cm to 50 cm. 
  • This types of stone masonry use in the compound walls, warehouses, garage, small houses, etc.
  • This types of masonry vary cheap.

 3. Random Rubble Masonry:

random rubble masonry
  • This types of stone masonry involve arranging stones of irregular shapes and sizes to create an aesthetic-looking wall. 
  • If it is made with a hammer and the thickness of the joint is not more than 12 mm, it is called second class random rubble masonry.
  • This types of stone masonry is used for residential buildings, compound walls, warehouse etc.

4. Dry Rubble Masonry:

dry rubble masonry
  • The masonry is similar to the third class coursed masonry, but does not use mortar.
  • This types of stone masonry is very cheap, but requires skilled labour.
  •  This type of masonry used in compound wall.
  • Masonry of 50 cm length at the top and at the ends is done with  mortar to prevent shifting of stones and make the work more rich.

5. Polygonal Rubble Masonry:

polygonal rubble masonry
  • In this types of stone masonry, the stones are hammer dressed. The stones used in the surface are shaped into irregular polygons so that the joints on the surface appear to move irregularly in all directions. 
  • This type of stone masonry requires more skill labours. 

6. Flint Rubble Masonry:

flint rubble masonry
  • Flint is a silica stone.  They are 80 mm to 150 mm thick and 50 mm to 300 mm long
  • Such stones are hard, but break quickly. 
  • The arrangement of the stones on the surface can be layered or non-layered. 
  • A lacing course of bricks or long stones is placed at a distance of 2 m from the floor to increase the strength of the flint wall.

Ashlar Masonry:

  • This types of masonry uses square or rectangular stones. 
  • The height of the stones varies from 25 cm to 30 cm. 
  • The length of the stone should not exceed three times the height. 

The different types of Ashler masonry are as follows. 

  1. Ashlar fine
  2. Ashlar rough tooled
  3. Ashlar quarry faced
  4. Ashlar chamfered
  5. Ashlar facing

1. Ashlar fine:

ashlar fine masonry
  • In this type of stone masonry, the stone is chisel-dressed on both sides and ends. 
  • The height of the layer does not exceed 30 cm
  • All course have the same height. 
  • The thickness of the call joints does not exceed 3 mm. 
  • Masonry has good aesthetic view.
  • Masonry has costly.

2. Ashlar Rough Tooled:

Ashlar rough tooled masonery
  • This types of stone masonry has stone beds and sides chisel-dressed while the surface is rough with a tool. 
  • The 25 mm wide strip on all four sides of the stone on the exposed face is made with a chisel while the middle part is rough with a tool. 
  • The thickness of the mortar joints does not exceed 6 mm. 
  • Such masonry is also called bastard ashlar. 

3. Ashlar quarry faced:

ashlar quarry faced

In this types of stone masonry, a 25 mm wide strip is made with chisel on all four sides on the surface visible outside the stone.  When the middle part of this masonry surface is kept the same as extracted from the stone quarry. 

Projection larger than 80 mm on the outer surface are removed with a hammer.

4. Ashlar Chamfered:

Ashlar chamfered masonry

In This types of stone masonry a 25 mm wide strip around the outer surface of the stone is made with chisel.  The strip is chamfered at an angle of 45 degree to 25 degree  to a depth of 25 mm

Another 12 mm wide strip is carved around the middle surface. The middle part of this masonry surface is kept the same as extracted from the stone quarry. 

Projection larger than 80 mm on the outer surface are removed with a hammer.

5. Ashlar Block In Course Masonry:

ashlar block in course masonry
  • In this types of stone masonry the thickness of course is 20 cm to 30 cm. 
  • The stone face is hammer dressed.
  • The thickness of the joints does not increase beyond 6 mm. 
  • This type of masonry is used in heavy engineering constructions like maintenance wall, coastal wall, railway station, bridges etc. 

6. Ashlar facing:

ashlar facing masonry

In this type of masonry, the outer part of the masonry is made of stone masonry and the back part is made of brick masonry. So that the  good aesthetic view of Ashler masonry can be obtained at low cost. 

The height of the course should not be less than 20 cm. 

For walls up to 75 cm thick, the bond stone should extend over the entire thickness of the wall. 

Tools Used in stone Masonry

  1. Mason Hammer
  2. Club Hammer
  3. Spalling Hammer
  4. Scabling Hammer
  5. Point Chisel
  6. Clow Chisel
  7. Plane Chisel
  8. Bolster Chisel
  9. Drafting Chisel

Important points for stone masonry:

  • The stone should be Insert in water before use.  So that the stone does not suck the water from the mortar. 
  • The stones should be well seasoned, hard, tough. 
  • The stone should not have cracks, cavities etc. 
  • In masonry the stone should be arranged on its natural bed. 
  • The masonry work should be done using a proper bond. Vertical joints should not be in a row. 
  • Use through stone where it is required.
  • Care should be taken not to cause tensile stress in stone masonry. 
  • Good quality mortar should be used. 
  • The masonry of the entire length of the wall must be done together.  If this is not possible, steps or toothings should be placed in the wall. 
  • Chips, spalls should be used in masonry.
  • Double scaffolding should be used for masonry at higher heights.
  • The verticality of the wall during masonry should be checked with a plumbob.
  •  Curing should be done for two weeks after completion of masonry. 

Stone surface finishing:

stone surface finishing

Different types of stone surface finishing are as follows. 

  1. Hammer dressed finish
  2. Dragged finish
  3. Tooled finish
  4. Plain finish
  5. Furrowed finish
  6. Axed finish
  7. Reticulated finish
  8. Punched finish
  9. Boasted finish
  10. Vermiculated finish

Joints in stone masonry:

joints in stone masonry

The various joints used in stone masonry are as follows.

  1. Butt or square joint
  2. Lap or Rebated joint
  3. Joggle or Tongued and Grooved joint
  4. Table joint
  5. Plugged joint
  6. Dowel joint
  7. Camp joint

1. Butt joint or Square joint:

In this joint one stone is placed next to another stone.  This type of joint is more commonly used in stone masonry

 2. Lap or Rebated joint:

In this type of joint, two stones are placed on each other and one stone is applied on top of the other.  The length of the coating should not be less than 70 mm. 

3. Joggle or Tongued and grooved joint:

  • This type of joint has a projection at one end of the stone and a groove at the other end. 
  • In this type of joint one stone is not slip over another stone.
  • This type of joint is less used because it is difficult to make and costly. 

4. Dowel joint:

  • This type of joint has horizontal holes in two adjacent stones. 
  • Dowel is fit in both these halls. 
  • A dowel is a small piece of stone, gunmetal, bass, copper, etc. 
  • Dowell can be fitted with cement. 
  • Dowell are 10 to 15 cm long and 25 mm thick. 

5. Cramp Joint:

This type of joint uses a camp instead of a dowel.  The camp is made of non-corrosive metals such as gunmetal, copper etc. 

Two stones are arranged side by side and a diagonal hole is placed on the upper surface, in which the hole is filled with cement sheet or lime by arranging a cramp. 

6. Plugged joint:

In this type of joint, two stones are arranged side by side and both the stones are grooved.  In this groove is poured molten lead or cement grout. So that the two stones joints together properly. 

This type of joint is Used in cornice coping. 

Appliances for stone lifting:

appliances for stone lifting

As the weight of stone is very heavy, special equipment has been designed to lift it.  The various tools used to lift the stone are as follows. 

  1. Chain or Rope
  2. Chain dog
  3. Lewis
  4. Nippers or Tongs
  5. Pins

1. Chain or Rope:

The stone is placed in a sack or in a wooden plank box and tied with a chain or rope so that the edges and corners of the stone are not broken, then the stone is lifted by laborers with a pulley block. 

2.  Chain dog:

The chain is arranged in a triangle.  One dog is fitted at each of the two corners of the triangle.  There are 20 mm deep pits between the sides. The pit is filled with dog hooks.  Then pool the stone.

 3. Lewis:

A stone weighing a maximum of 1 ton can be lifted with a Lewis. 

4. Nippers or Tongs

5.  Pins:

It has a pair of steel pins.  Pins are hammered into the hole in the stone.  When the stone is lifted, the pin becomes tight in the stone so that it is not pulled out. 

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