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Old 12-16-2012, 10:01 PM
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I'm one of those "is there a good use for that" guys, when it comes to getting rid of stuff. I'm usually pretty good, but think I have met my match on this one.

We're clearing up our lot and removing buried rocks for a multitude of reasons...for ease of mowing, better land to plant food, etc.

These rocks are anywhere from ~12" wide to 14" length, all the way to heavy ones at 24" wide to 20" length. We've pretty much used what we could for a fire ring border, fire pit, bottom the fence bordering, and chicken coop borders. We still have a ton.

What are some uses for these rocks, if any? We don't want to put them anywhere near the house as we're looking to remove hideouts for snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, etc. ...don't want them getting in to the house.

The rock is whatever they make caliche out of if that helps at all. Granite? It's pretty darn heavy and dense. Typical Texas Hill Country stone.

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Throw them back, they've got some breeding to do.

Find an out of the way place to dump them, maybe someday you'll need them for something, holding down culverts. lining ditch crossings, etc. etc.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:32 PM
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Good start for a rock garden, I hear they are drought tolerent.

Put on craigslist as petrified T Rex eggs.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:42 PM
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Build a mangonel or trebuchet, use the stone as ammunition.

Dig a pond (good for ducks, geese, fish or extra water storage), use the stone to line the bottom.

Make or line walls with stone.

Bury a section of culvert, cover the top, sides and ends with stone to help maintain a consistent temperature for a root cellar, or provide more protection for a storm shelter.

Build a barbecue. A kiln, too, while you're at it. And a pizza/bread oven when you're finished.

Set up the largest stone you have as a base, then take a couple of round ones, drill into them, insert steel bars and turn them into manually powered grinding wheels for grain. Could also power it with wind, water, solar, or even stones hauled up and using gravity to turn the grinder.

Lay out a really big chess table on the ground and carve some of them up for use as chess pieces.

Break them up to use as gravel for different projects. Drain field, driveway, one stage of water filtration, slingshot ammo, etc.

Build a stone cottage, drying, curing or smoking room.

Become a sculptor.
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use them to build a grill/smoker combo, it will improve your back yard. Even better if you add an outdoor pizza oven. Hell we're in Texas and I KNOW sometimes I'd rather cook outside. Build it and invite the boards over for a party! even literally go 'whole hog' with enough notice. :D I'll bring the hog and some mead!
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:06 AM
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I say "put them in a pack to make it heavy". Then when someone asks "What makes a pack heavy?" You can say "Stand back while I whip this out" and just SHOW them those heavy puppies!!!!!

Just couldn't resist!!!
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If you have a fish pond on your property, you could break it up into a few smaller rocks and place it in the water with surfaces both in and out of the water. It will help keep the temperature of the water on warmer on colder days as it absorbs heat from the sun and it will also give additional habitat for your wildlife.

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Here in Kansas at least, I see them on Craigslist for sale all the time. People use them for landscaping. Local landscaping companies will pay $80/ton for large stones but they usually want them wrapped on pallets for easy transport.

We have a septic system that runs to the north of our driveway and I was constantly having problems with the UPS/Fedex guy (and my son's teenage friends) driving over it to turn around. When you live in the country for some reason people automatically think you don't care if you drive on the lawn. I lined the north side of the driveway with similar stones to keep people from driving on the grass.
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they would probably stop a vehicle from crashing into your house.. Passive security measure.
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A castle, yep, a castle.

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Put them where ever you want to block vehicle access to your property.
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Put it across the street and make it another guys problem lol
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Last couple of guys beat me to it. Use it to stop vehicles.
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Look up how to split granite. You could build some very neat stuff. Like a patio or flooring for a shed or work area. It seems that granite splits fairly easily. When a neighbor had a patio made, I watched the workers splitting the stuff with wedges and hammers.
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Wow. I sure could use them to stop erosion in a gully forming on my hillside.
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Originally Posted by joseywales44 View Post
I say "put them in a pack to make it heavy". Then when someone asks "What makes a pack heavy?" You can say "Stand back while I whip this out" and just SHOW them those heavy puppies!!!!!
Ha Ha! FTW.
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To split the all you need is a hammer drill and some wedges and feathers.
If you have a way to move them around they would make awsome borders for raised beds.
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I bet "Assault Rocks" are about to get banned. Same with high capacity slingshots.
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Those rocks make great cover. Add a huge fake rock to the mix and you can have a bug out location outside or a storage location away from the home.
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