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mbella
01-06-2006, 10:58 PM
This is a set of slabs we installed this week. This is about the only interesting thing we've done recently. In my opinion, nothing beats natural stone.

Drafto
01-06-2006, 11:59 PM
Looks like some nice work you guys do. Were you there when these steps were being built? Or just riding all over showing off your other jobs to some guy from Wilmington? (LOL)

Pics looks nice Mike, I felt really g@y taking some, so I didn't. What are you going to do to prevent erosion of the topsoil until you can get some grass going?

Dan

mbella
01-07-2006, 12:03 AM
Looks like some nice work you guys do. Were you there when these steps were being built? Or just riding all over showing off your other jobs to some guy from Wilmington? (LOL)

Pics looks nice Mike, I felt really g@y taking some, so I didn't. What are you going to do to prevent erosion of the topsoil until you can get some grass going?

Dan

We spread straw after I took the pics.

Who was working the hardest when you were there?:)

Drafto
01-07-2006, 12:17 AM
Andy. He, no questions, put in the longest day.:nono:

mbella
01-07-2006, 12:20 AM
Andy. He, no questions, put in the longest day.:nono:

That's funny. Each day, he was probably standing out there an hour before we arrived and an hour after we departed.

Drafto
01-07-2006, 12:22 AM
I am not shocked. Did he really make your guys shuffle the slabs around after we left?

mbella
01-07-2006, 12:24 AM
I am not shocked. Did he really make your guys shuffle the slabs around after we left?

Sort of. They didn't like the second to the last slab. They were deciding whether or not to get rid of it. He said,"You know what Mike will say when he comes back." So, they removed it.

Drafto
01-07-2006, 12:32 AM
End result looks real nice.

I am meeting the guy about the driveway tomorrow, maybe we'll get a rainy day and you can come down before I finalize things with him.

Dan

Squizzy246B
01-07-2006, 02:31 AM
So Mike, you obviously started at the top and built those steps going down then!?:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Dirty Water
01-07-2006, 04:06 AM
So Mike, you obviously started at the top and built those steps going down then!?:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

I heard you need to use 3 mini excavators for that method.

:laugh:

mbella
01-07-2006, 09:31 AM
So Mike, you obviously started at the top and built those steps going down then!?:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Absolutely. It is a little tricky to do it that way, but that's how you do it, right?:) :)

mbella
01-07-2006, 09:33 AM
I heard you need to use 3 mini excavators for that method.

:laugh:

Three, four, five, watever it takes.:) :)

cgland
01-07-2006, 01:22 PM
looks good Mike! Will they be doing any planting or will they just install grass?

Chris

sheshovel
01-07-2006, 02:49 PM
Now my question is did you start at the bottom like I
recommend 1st timers to do?
So they can learn the hard way 1st and fiqure it out themselves as they go,and so it sticks in their developing brains so they don't need babysitting all the time?
Or did you start at the top and work down like most people do?
I am sure you started at the top because this was not your 1st one and you did not need a hard lesson in how to build steps am I correct?

sheshovel
01-07-2006, 02:53 PM
I would suggest they bury a 3'' drain off that downspout to the bottom of the hill to prevent soil errosion around that area in heavy rain

Dirty Water
01-07-2006, 03:33 PM
Now my question is did you start at the bottom like I
recommend 1st timers to do?
So they can learn the hard way 1st and fiqure it out themselves as they go,and so it sticks in their developing brains so they don't need babysitting all the time?
Or did you start at the top and work down like most people do?
I am sure you started at the top because this was not your 1st one and you did not need a hard lesson in how to build steps am I correct?

Actually shovel, your supposed to start in the middle and work out from both ways.

mbella
01-07-2006, 05:47 PM
I would suggest they bury a 3'' drain off that downspout to the bottom of the hill to prevent soil errosion around that area in heavy rain

You'd probably suggest starting at the top too:). We did bury the downspout that will effect the area (I have a witness).

Yes, we will be doing some planting in the spring.

Dirty Water
01-07-2006, 05:53 PM
You'd probably suggest starting at the top too:). We did bury the downspout that will effect the area (I have a witness).

Yes, we will be doing some planting in the spring.

:laugh:

Whats with this?

Squizzy246B
01-07-2006, 05:55 PM
You'd probably suggest starting at the top too:). We did bury the downspout that will effect the area (I have a witness).

Yes, we will be doing some planting in the spring.

You don't want any witnesses to this...I think you should bury the witness as well!...this will also make the spring planting grow well:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

cgland
01-07-2006, 06:10 PM
Sheshovel - You're kidding.........right!?

Chris

sheshovel
01-07-2006, 06:39 PM
Yes I am kidding around w/mbella regarding a different set of steps a long time ago...sorry

sheshovel
01-07-2006, 06:59 PM
You sure about the drain?

mbella
01-07-2006, 07:15 PM
Sheshovel, I thought you were talking about the downspout directly above the steps. That downspout you are talking about won't effect the step area. In the pic, it looks like it would, but it is deceiving.

sheshovel
01-08-2006, 02:58 PM
Just dinking around bored si thought I would test you.I see where you put in the one on the side.
Around here with all the friggin rules and regulations we would prbly have to get a permit and put a handrail on those steps for saftey reasons.

mbella
01-08-2006, 03:10 PM
Just dinking around bored si thought I would test you.I see where you put in the one on the side.
Around here with all the friggin rules and regulations we would prbly have to get a permit and put a handrail on those steps for saftey reasons.

A handrail is going to be installed.

jreiff
01-08-2006, 03:11 PM
Looks good mbella. Do you have any before and during pictures?

mbella
01-08-2006, 03:13 PM
Looks good mbella. Do you have any before and during pictures?

No, I don't.

sheshovel
01-08-2006, 04:44 PM
A nice rustic twisted Oak or Birch handrail would look good,easy to make

mbella
01-08-2006, 08:07 PM
A nice rustic twisted Oak or Birch handrail would look good,easy to make

That's kind of what we are planning to do.

neversatisfiedj
01-08-2006, 08:52 PM
Good work Mike - how much for taht material ?

--Josh

mbella
01-08-2006, 09:20 PM
Good work Mike - how much for taht material ?

--Josh

$650.00 + $50.00 freight.

GreenMonster
01-10-2006, 03:41 PM
You guys set those with a mini x, Mike?

We want during pics next time, pal.

Wow. $700 in material?!?! Guess it's a lot cheaper when it's home grown, huh?

mbella
01-10-2006, 06:09 PM
You guys set those with a mini x, Mike?

We want during pics next time, pal.

Wow. $700 in material?!?! Guess it's a lot cheaper when it's home grown, huh?


Why do you sound suprised that we used the mini x?

I forgot the camera both days of construction, sorry.

GreenMonster
01-10-2006, 06:22 PM
Why do you sound suprised that we used the mini x?

I forgot the camera both days of construction, sorry.

no, not surprised, just asking -- did you already say that somewhere?

mbella
01-10-2006, 06:40 PM
I thought so, maybe not. I thought you were suprised.

Those slabs were quarried about two hours away from here.

GreenMonster
01-11-2006, 08:55 AM
That would be at leat $250.00/ton around here

mbella
01-11-2006, 09:20 AM
That would be at leat $250.00/ton around here


You could pay that much around here as well.

GreenMonster
01-11-2006, 09:27 AM
You could pay that much around here as well.

yeah? Maybe, huh? What do you have there, about 3 ton?

mbella
01-11-2006, 07:40 PM
yeah? Maybe, huh? What do you have there, about 3 ton?

Each pallet weighed in at about a ton and we had five pallets. We used all but two slabs.

PSUturf
01-12-2006, 11:18 PM
How big are those steps and what do you charge per step?

mbella
01-13-2006, 07:53 PM
How big are those steps and what do you charge per step?

They are roughly 3'x4' to 4'x4'. That job worked out to about $360.00 per step. Each one is different though.

hortiscape
01-24-2006, 09:07 PM
Did you backfill over the tree roots next to the steps, I did not see the trunk flare and wonder if you changed grade. Only mentioning to save you possible problems, if even problem at all.

mbella
01-24-2006, 10:20 PM
Did you backfill over the tree roots next to the steps, I did not see the trunk flare and wonder if you changed grade. Only mentioning to save you possible problems, if even problem at all.

Maybe, it looks worse than it is. Obviously, there was some soil placed there, but it was, at most, half an inch.

mbella
01-24-2006, 10:20 PM
Did you backfill over the tree roots next to the steps, I did not see the trunk flare and wonder if you changed grade. Only mentioning to save you possible problems, if even problem at all.

Maybe, it looks worse than it is. Obviously, there was some soil placed there, but it was, at most, half an inch.

hortiscape
01-25-2006, 06:20 PM
I did not see a trunk flare on the tree pictured, ash?
Did you raise grade over the root zone?

hortiscape
01-25-2006, 06:21 PM
Sorry missed your reply, my bad.

hortiscape
01-25-2006, 06:26 PM
steps look nice, I agree nothing better than natural stone.

hortiscape
01-25-2006, 06:30 PM
The bottom of the steps looks like a nice place for a patio.