coldwater wrote:Kansas. 1911. wrote:coldwater, I am admiring the brick patio and I'm assuming the bricks are individual ones laid into some sort of sand bed. I also noticed the stone wall with a wooden fence atop. How difficult was that to do/have done?
Thank you! The patio is made of individual brick pavers. The bed is 8" of compacted stone dust, followed by 4" of masons sand, then the pavers are installed over that and plate compacted to bed them down. The walls are mostly made of 16" wall block, and is just under 100' in length. It goes from ground level to about 3' high at the tallest point. Being a stubborn and self sufficient kind of guy (read that as a cheap SOB ) I refuse to pay anyone for work I can do myself, so everything is done by me. The block wall is mindlessly easy to install, but like anything else, It has to laid on a good straight, and level foundation to start with. The trench is 18" deep with a foot of compacted stone dust to start, then there is one full block below ground level to lock the wall. After that, you just stack block. My neighbor filled in behind the wall, as his property is higher than mine in that area. So I installed landscape cloth behind the wall, and filled in against it with 3/4" trap rock, followed by another layer of cloth, then he filled in with fill and top soil. This way, the wall will never be forced out by hydraulic pressure from behind, and should out live me. The other stone walls are all made of brownstone, that originally came from the historic Portland quarry just up the road from me. I was able to use an excavator to pull thousands of tons of it out of the ground when a commercial building was erected near the center of town, and was given the opportunity to remove it and take all I wanted. I am certainly no stone mason by any stretch of the imagination, but I wanted stone walls, and wasn't about to pay the price! So it was a matter of learning to do it myself. I now have a hell of a lot of respect for a mason!!! between a 20 lb sledge hammer, a 3 lb hammer, a masons hammer, feathers and wedges, and a masons chisel, I managed to skin every knuckle, curse myself into a place in hell for sure, and finally build a pretty decent wall....over all...I was VERY VERY fortunate to have access to heavy equipment when I did most of this work, from backhoes, full size excavators, a mini excavator, bob cats and dump trucks. There is no reasonable way I would have been able to do much of what was done otherwise. I actually moved the driveway, brought the grade down 3' and laid 35 ton of stone, then laid the wall.
Here's a little of the constant landscaping work. I had to tear out and regrade the entire front yard after having to pay to have three big maples removed. But I was able to do all the rest on my own.
My neighbor making sure everything goes smoothly!:D
Me, slaving away on the wall.
Then some time on the mini!
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