We went to Story County, Iowa yesterday and replied a headstone. The stone was leaning a little and the sections were sliding off the base. As we started we hoped this would not be a major undertaking, but they had placed a beauty ring of concrete around the stone which was going to make leveling a bigger choir than it should have been.
We needed to remove part of the ring so we could take the monument apart and reset it. We set the stone with rock, pea gravel and paver base, to allow for it to settle and drain. We also rejoined the sections of the stone so the sliding off should stop for a few more years.
We may need to go back and re-lift it in a few month, but now it will be much easier to work with. We easily gave this stone another 10 to 20 years in the upright position.
This is what we started with.
This is how we finished.
On our way home, we stopped by Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines and slid a monument back onto its base. This is one of those we are trying to prevent a stone from falling onto somebody.