Installation Of Headstones Of Grave
By Peter Watts
There are 2 stages to the installation of headstones and
The pouring of the Foundation
The actual installation of the headstone or grave marker
Cemeteries many times pour the foundation and have a fee
If they don't do foundations, then a monument installer
can do it, they will also have a fee for
it. Or, you may pour the foundation if the cemetery OKs
it. ( If you decide to do it, we have
INSTALLATION OF THE HEADSTONES OR GRAVE MARKERS
Headstones and grave markers can be installed by several
By the Cemetery
By a Monument Installer
Again, some Cemeteries install headstones and grave
markers. They usually install upright
headstones if they sell them themselves and in most
cases install the flat grave markers.
Please check with your cemetery if the do installations.
They will charge a fee for installation.
If they don't, then the headstone can be sent to the a
monument installer. They will have a
fee for this.
Installing headstones can be done on your own. We will
explain the procedure for you.
You will more than likely need a foundation poured
before the headstone is to be installed.
Pouring the foundation.
Dig a hole the length and width of the base of the
headstone if you are ordering an upright
headstone. If it is a flat grave marker, then measure
the length and width of the marker itself.
Then, dig down about 1-2 feet if it is a flat marker and
2-3 feet deep if it is an upright
Mix together a cement gravel mix, pour and level.
Usually, you should wait several days before you attempt
to install the memorial to ensure the
cement has cured properly.
Although, installing grave markers is simple, it is
important that you know that they start at
approx 130 lbs and go up to over 550 lbs. Upright
headstones start at about 450 lbs and can
go up to thousands of pounds and in many cases need a
professional to install them for you.