Fixing The Headstone by primusboy


									Fixing The Headstone
One of the most important aspects of installing the headstone is the
fixing within the ground. There has been much publicity about the hazards
of falling or unsecured headstones and recent health and safety
legislations have been put in place, many unsafe headstones being laid
down to prevent accidents.
It is the responsibility of the mason to assess the ground conditions and
decide which is the most suitable foundation and fixing method to be
used. There are certain recommended fixing methods which are detailed by
NAMM's code of practice, which have been tested by an independent
structural engineer. Particular attention should be paid to the hole size
and depth stops to ensure the fixing is not compromised. The most common
fixing types which is being recommended by NAMM and adopted by masons is
the anchor fixing.
There are various fixing methods depending on the ground conditions,
headstone size etc. The method which is becoming one of the most popular
is the ground anchor and is highly recommended by NAMM. This is where a
ground anchor/steel bar runs from the foundation of the headstone deep
into ground. With this method if a joint breaks the headstone will not
fall down immediately it will need repairing but will only fall over if
forced is used as opposed to falling on its own. You can also bolt the
headstone again a reliable method using resin and stainless steel dowels.
Some headstones are placed on a concrete base and it is usual for the
headstone to be re-leveled and your mason should come back and do 2
visits free of charge for re-leveling.
Cemeteries will now do regular checks on all the headstones in the
cemetery and if a headstone needs fixing or replacing it will be down to
the owner of the grave to take responsibility.
As long as the correct procedure is followed then the headstone should be
securely fixed and not prove to be a hazard.
Fixing the Headstone

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