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White Gardens
11-22-2012, 01:53 PM
I think it was either SmallAxe or Kiril that posted their validation post, so here's mine.

Second of two hitching ledges on the property. This one was done entirely by hand as it sits over a 2500 gal brick septic tank. 3 tons of rock compacted every one inch. Anywhere from 14" of crushed rock behind the wall to 8" of rock in the sidewalk section.

In order to get the pavers flat, I used a heavy 8" x 8" hand tamper to flaten them, add poly sand, tamp again, add more poly, and tamp one more time.

The end sections where the old post sat, probably went down 3' into the ground. In order to not to disturb the sub grade and potentially collapse the tank, we left them in place and buried them behind the wall. Originally I was going to do a facia on these sections, but instead cut out the corners and kicked the wall out another 12" in order to not have to do any facia work and keep a solid complete wall.

Hitching post were on back-order, just came in yesterday. The plan is to drill through the cap, into the wall block and attach studs with construction adhesive. I'll post the photos with the post when it's done next week.

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LWG
11-22-2012, 02:57 PM
Very nice. What did you use to cut the radii on the pavers? How did you get the name cut into the cap?

White Gardens
11-22-2012, 03:08 PM
Very nice. What did you use to cut the radii on the pavers? How did you get the name cut into the cap?

For the radius: I first used a post with a string line on it, and put a sharpie on the end of the line. In this case it was 18" from each strait section. Then mark the pavers.

Then I take each paver and cut with a cheap electric saw with a cheap blade. I use a clamp to attach it to my little custom table. The key is to start about 1/4"-1/2" away from the line so as you cut your radius, you will eventually meet up with your your original line.

Then, if I need to tweak the cut, I set the saw on my little table, holding the blade guard up, and start the saw. Then I just take the pave in hand and "grind" any section against the blade that I need to. Just have to be careful not to get your hand into the blade, and an angle grinder with a diamond blade is probably a better safer solution when tweaking your curve after doing the initial cutting.

The engraving in the cap was done locally by a shop that does monument and custom engravings on head-stones and and anything else such as rocks, boulders and pavers.


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Kiril
11-22-2012, 04:40 PM
I think it was either SmallAxe or Kiril that posted their validation post, so here's mine.

The only validation I need is a satisfied client.

daveyo
11-22-2012, 04:51 PM
For the radius: I first used a post with a string line on it, and put a sharpie on the end of the line. In this case it was 18" from each strait section. Then mark the pavers.

Then I take each paver and cut with a cheap electric saw with a cheap blade. I use a clamp to attach it to my little custom table. The key is to start about 1/4"-1/2" away from the line so as you cut your radius, you will eventually meet up with your your original line.

Then, if I need to tweak the cut, I set the saw on my little table, holding the blade guard up, and start the saw. Then I just take the pave in hand and "grind" any section against the blade that I need to. Just have to be careful not to get your hand into the blade, and an angle grinder with a diamond blade is probably a better safer solution when tweaking your curve after doing the initial cutting.

The engraving in the cap was done locally by a shop that does monument and custom engravings on head-stones and and anything else such as rocks, boulders and pavers.


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Geez your begging to get hurt, anyway is that a look out post or do you step down onto the lawn from there? I'm just curious as what the walk and space is used for is it to saddle up on horses? Keep up the good work.

White Gardens
11-22-2012, 05:32 PM
It's a hitching ledge for horses. Bigger than a step basically. The one I did at the front of the property is actually a bit shorter, but it was due to the grade of the lawn, and the ditch in front of it.

I just got the post painted today. I'll install them within a week.


If you click on my facebook link below, it will take you to the page and the farm house photo album of all the work we've done up there in the last 5 years.

Kiril, this is my hardscaping validation post for this forum. Just so I don't get flame by the hardcore ones on here. :-)
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DVS Hardscaper
11-22-2012, 11:19 PM
Good job on validating yourself!

We still have plenty of guys that have yet to share a single photo of their work.


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White Gardens
11-23-2012, 10:37 PM
Good job on validating yourself!

We still have plenty of guys that have yet to share a single photo of their work.


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Their just so good they don't need to. :)


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alldayrj
11-23-2012, 10:38 PM
is that a concrete footing on the wall? i like the custom touches like the etching.
also, what pavers are those? nice old world touch

White Gardens
11-24-2012, 01:52 AM
is that a concrete footing on the wall? i like the custom touches like the etching.
also, what pavers are those? nice old world touch

3" footer with 2 parrallel pieces of 3/8" re-bar. Blocks were set in the concrete and the cores of the block were filled with concrete. I wanted that wall to last. My only concern is getting a crack that runs through the whole thing, but I think the blocks are independent enough still that it won't happen.

Those are Whitaker/ Greer clay pavers. Two different color runs. #37 and #38. The also were run throughout the 400' section of sidewalk we did almost 5 years ago.

The thing I'm most proud of in this one section is that it was done by hand with no compactor, only hand tampers. The only power tool used was a chop saw, and my mini skid to move dirt in for final grading.





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PerfectEarth
11-24-2012, 08:52 AM
Excellent.

White Gardens
11-24-2012, 05:56 PM
Excellent.

Thanks man!

Still can't wait to get the post in. I might get up there tomorrow to at least get the studs in place and glued in.

I'm hoping I don't have to remove any caps to install the studs. The first ledge I did, I had the post before we started and I was able to sink the studs in the concrete and through the cap.

This time around, the post were on back-order and the temps were still good to do the concrete work so we just proceeded to get the job done and wait for the posts.


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Greg78
11-24-2012, 06:00 PM
Very nice and as a horse person this very cool, can't wait to see the hitching post in.

White Gardens
11-24-2012, 06:32 PM
This is the first one we did, so it will look almost exactly the same.

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Greg78
11-24-2012, 07:37 PM
This is the first one we did, so it will look almost exactly the same.





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Very nice!!!

alldayrj
11-24-2012, 10:03 PM
is that the horses name etched in?

White Gardens
11-24-2012, 10:36 PM
The one I'm working on now is the last name of the original owner of the property. Augstin(Spanish version of augustine) was imprinted in the concrete of that ledge.

The name in the previously done ledge is the current homeowners.

Here is a pic from a local postcard company that took a pic of the property in 1903.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=190148472642&set=a.190145887642.131017.185135107642&type=3&theater




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White Gardens
11-24-2012, 11:03 PM
Try this again.

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Groomer
11-25-2012, 12:39 PM
wow, if you look closely, you can still see the faded horse on the barn. Registered Percherons, pretty cool.

White Gardens
11-25-2012, 06:49 PM
wow, if you look closely, you can still see the faded horse on the barn. Registered Percherons, pretty cool.

When they painted the barn red, they made sure not to paint over the horse. The lettering for the "White Oak Stock Farm" is still partially there also.

If you look closely at the driveway in the old pic, you can see the two concrete pillars or hitching post that we just took out.

The biggest travesty of the place is the original Victorian style of the house is gone. The current owners, when they acquired the house, had to deal with asbestos siding, so somewhere along the line they ripped off or covered up the old wood siding.


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Groomer
11-25-2012, 10:20 PM
lotta agrarian history there, thanks for posting.

White Gardens
11-25-2012, 10:50 PM
lotta agrarian history there, thanks for posting.

No problem, I like to share. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8e/Cheesy_grin.png

It's been a great place to work at. It's rare to be able to work on a place with history, and as a former farm boy, I've taken it all in.

We do grounds maintenance (everything but mowing) at the place also, so I get to see first hand how the work we've done has been holding up.

That and we've done some renovation on other sections, just to clean up the side yard and old fence lines close to the house.



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White Gardens
12-02-2012, 07:47 PM
So just an update.

I tried using wall cap adhesive to set the studs for the post. FAIL!!!

So I had to remove the studs I set in, re-drill them to remove any adhesive.

I did find a two part epoxy in a caulk tube. The stuff is specifically designed for anchoring into concrete and mixes itself as it goes through the tip. The tip for the tube was super long, so I was able to get lots of it cleanly into the holes. As soon as I filled a hole, I sunk the studs and I'm glad I did as the stuff started to set almost immediately.

I did a quick pull test and they seemed like they were in place. Though the cure time for the temperature was only 30 minutes, I thought I would at least wait 24 hours before bolting down the post to be on the safe side.

I also shot a glob of it on a board I had and the stuff is rock hard and couldn't believe how fast it set up.

I should have had this all done by now, but knowing the adhesive failed, I waited until the temps were high enough again to re-sink the studs. Being almost 70* today, I think I did good by waiting. That and we've been doing final fall cleanups along with another big/little landscaping job I needed to get knocked out.

If this crazy weather holds, I might still fit in another 2 hardscaping jobs before the weather goes south.





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alldayrj
12-02-2012, 08:00 PM
Was it made by hilti? That stuff is the bomb
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White Gardens
12-02-2012, 08:18 PM
Was it made by hilti? That stuff is the bomb
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Not exactly sure, I'll have to look at the empty tube and let you know.



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PerfectEarth
12-02-2012, 08:38 PM
That old pic and the update pic together are really neat. I also love working on historic properties. I think we've been at 3? Something about being on that ground makes you feel really connected to the past and it's inspiring.

But yea, the owners are usually (and understandably) a bit more particular about things when compared to your average homeowner.

White Gardens
12-04-2012, 10:37 PM
Finally done!

Post went in without a hitch, get it, without a hitch. :rolleyes:



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