I bought some new steps for the house, installing them on top of a slab and replacing the pre cast steps there now (spalling). I bought the stone from the quarry and trailered it home. Called every rental place in like a 2 county wide area and no one had a step/stair clamp for rent. So now I am down to using pallet forks and straps to move these risers and steps. I really wanted to use the vacuum system, that is so cool.
Steps 16" deep 60" long, top step/landing 20" deep 480 lbs. I figured a 2" overlap on steps, quarry owner agreed. I have all my measurements, rough sketched on a pad, laid out on slab.
Any advice from experience on what not to do with straps and stones? I have dry laid stone before for retaining walls, but that was rocks and boulders so chipping didn’t matter. chipping does matter on these steps to me, as I want the smooth end exposed. I have a big pry bar and some wedges once i place the stone to get the straps out. I am a little concerned I will have to nudge that top stone into place with a big rubber mallet or the points on the forks. I have a tractor to move them. I have carbide chisels, diamond blades etc.
Looking for advice on the do’s and don’ts of straps and steps if you have done it.
Picture of one pallet of risers