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cochino12
04-09-2006, 11:27 PM
Thanks to anyone who can help answer my dumb questions. I have two customers that have fairly steep hills on the side of their home which are covered in 2" rock now.

Problem is when they walk on the rock it all slides down hill. They do now want retaining walls but are more interested in a gravel/dirt type walkway (dont want to spend $$ on pavers, stone either. Anybody do these? Doesnt seem like there could be too much to it though. Can anyone tell me whats involved? preperation etc... thanks

sheshovel
04-09-2006, 11:29 PM
Need pics ..could you take some?.Much better to advise you if we can see the situation

cochino12
04-09-2006, 11:37 PM
Need pics ..could you take some?.Much better to advise you if we can see the situation

I'll be getting some pics tomorrow. Thanks

cochino12
04-10-2006, 10:45 PM
I realize this picture kind of sucks, I forgot my camera at home and had to use my phone.

sheshovel
04-10-2006, 10:48 PM
A slate base might help..it packs down solid.Stuff they use under roads..you can buy it at most rock supply places.If I remember..I will take a pic of the stuff for you tommorow.

cochino12
04-10-2006, 10:58 PM
A slate base might help..it packs down solid.Stuff they use under roads..you can buy it at most rock supply places.If I remember..I will take a pic of the stuff for you tommorow.


that would be awesome, thanks.

sheshovel
04-10-2006, 11:01 PM
Not a problem..won't be on here tell the late afternoon though..have boulders coming in tommorrow.

sheshovel
04-11-2006, 01:31 PM
K..they call this "Slate Base" I don't know if it is available where you are but it packs down good on a hill and this is what it looks like

sheshovel
04-11-2006, 01:31 PM
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sheshovel
04-11-2006, 01:32 PM
and heres one more

sheshovel
04-11-2006, 01:33 PM
The white rock is a bit of native quartz that just got in there.Hope this helps.

cochino12
04-11-2006, 06:33 PM
The white rock is a bit of native quartz that just got in there.Hope this helps.

Thanks for the pics, a couple questions if you dont mind. Do I leave the landscape fabric that is down there or do I pull it up too? Anything else I need to do before putting the slate base down? Thanks again.

Adam

sheshovel
04-11-2006, 07:01 PM
I would pull it up and replace it with new fabric.Nothing else really just out with the old,level it out as much as possible,lay your fabric..pin it down all along the sides and ends..put down at least 4"of the slate base..water it down and tamp it good..then repeat

tylermckee
04-16-2006, 04:24 PM
Throw some sort of crushed rock down and run a plate compactor over it, just make sure that there is a lot of fines in the rock so it locks together. Just call or stop by your local gravel pit and see what they have, any thing from a 5/8" minus to like a 4" minus would be fine for a walkway, the smaller it is the easier it is to work with though.