Re: Memorial Base Construction
My first thought is, will the memorial be balanced so that it will stand upright , on it's own? If is leaning,
and needs a pin to hold it upright, then you need better advice then I can give.
Assuming that your project stands on it's own, I'd say you have a good plan regarding the sleeve and pin size
Having the foundation raised a couple of inches above grade will do a lot to keep water from getting at the
bottom of the piece.
Making sure the foundation has a smooth and level top will make sealing the piece to the concrete much
easier. The traditional way to set a monument in a cemetery is to put 1\8 or 1\4"spacers under the stone,
near the outside edge, and then put a large roll of setting compound under the outside edge of stone. Then
set the stone down so all the excess it squeezed out. All the weight is on the spacers, and the setting
compound seals out water and snow. finally, you take a knife and cut away all the squeezed out compound.
Another way is to set the piece on the spacers, and then use a caulking gun to seal up the joint. You will need to
tape all around to keep from making a big mess. The main point is to have a space between the stone and the
foundation so you can get a good, flexible, sealing compound underneath. I used to be in the monument
industry, and have set many stones in the Buffalo NY area. I have never heard of anyone setting a stone in a
bed of cement as a final setting method.
A 4 foot deep foundation should be more than enough to stay below the frost line. Check with your local
monument company , or cemetery for advice. Also setting a stone can be very difficult, and you should talk
to someone in your area to see the tools they use and how they do it. I just gave you a brief description. Every
job is different!
Where in northern Indiana is the piece going? I know that area pretty well.