The memory of a loved one who has left us has a material expression in the form of a tombstone. There are many specialized companies involved in their manufacture and installation. And if the first part of the process without special equipment is in principle impossible, then the second is not particularly difficult. Do-it-yourself installation of monuments can be done with a minimum of skills and without any special tool.
Before performing this procedure, you need to withstand the period necessary for shrinkage of the soil. In the middle lane it is at least one year. Installation of granite monuments is carried out on a concrete base, which is cast on the spot from a mixture prepared in advance. For work, we need some building materials, tools and instruments for determining the level.
The installation of monuments in the cemetery is carried out in agreement with the administration. When carrying out work, it is necessary to be extremely careful and not damage neighboring burials. To install a tombstone, we need 500 grade cement , sifted and washed quarry sand, small gravel or expanded clay, and process water. Of the tools required shovels bayonet and shovel , the level of construction, cord, pegs, tape measure and a hammer.
Do-it-yourself installation of monuments begins with site planning and digging trenches under the base beams. Pegs and cord mark the position of the recesses with a mandatory check of the diagonals. A removable wooden formwork is installed around the perimeter, which is made of edged boards and connected using nails and struts. The top edge should protrude above the ground and be strictly horizontal.
To prepare the mortar, a concrete mixer is ideally used. If it is absent, this action can also be performed manually in a suitable container or on a sheet of metal. Pour one part of cement into three parts of sand and six parts of filler and begin to mix everything with a shovel. Add water in small portions until a mixture is formed with a consistency close to sour cream of medium density.
Do-it-yourself installation of monuments should be done carefully, especially when carrying out foundation pouring. Using a shovel or bucket, we’ll transfer the finished solution to the formwork prepared in advance. In the process of pouring, we make a seal using any improvised means: cutting reinforcement or a metal rod. This action is necessary in order to avoid the formation of voids in the base.
A concrete foundation pillow is made at the feet of the grave , which, in fact, serves as the basis for the pedestal. Its surface should be strictly horizontal and have sufficient thickness. This will allow not only to correctly install the monument in an upright position, but also to ensure its stability for many years.
Do-it-yourself installation of monuments is done on a cement-sand mixture with the introduction of steel reinforcing rods. Their number is different, but not less than three units. After completion of work and hardening of the solution, the formwork is disassembled. Prepared and fertilized soil is poured into the flower garden. The installation of the tombstone is over, and the memory of the deceased will remain for a long time.