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Lite4
12-28-2012, 08:34 AM
Thought I would share this. I had a ball with my son yesterday in the foot of new snow we received. I don't know if we are making a wall or a whole fort yet, I guess I will see how it develops today. We just started packing snow in some bins and now we have snow blocks. He was having a ball. He has already started building a pile of snow balls for his ammunition against his sisters and has placed them behind the protection of the wall.

Duekster
12-28-2012, 08:35 AM
igloo for the win

alldayrj
12-28-2012, 08:40 AM
Haha awesome!


When i was 9 i used to take the skid steer and do all my neighbors driveways, make a huge pile and then tunnel it out
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DVS Hardscaper
12-28-2012, 12:04 PM
Where is the geogrid?????????
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Groomer
12-28-2012, 01:17 PM
pretty cool. what was used for base? lol

Lite4
12-28-2012, 05:12 PM
pretty cool. what was used for base? lol

That is a good question. First off, I used a base course of miscellaneous grass fibers mixed with course particles of snow to knit the fibrous base together for strength and rigididy. above that I used a thin course of fine textured snow, (dry preferably since it screeds better than wet snow). Upon that we set our base course of snow blocks, being sure to knife off the bottoms smooth so they set straight......:laugh:

Darryl G
12-28-2012, 05:28 PM
And of course you got your building permit, right? :)

Above Par Lawns
12-28-2012, 05:50 PM
Well done! Making memories! He will always remember that.

LWG
01-05-2013, 11:15 AM
That is a good question. First off, I used a base course of miscellaneous grass fibers mixed with course particles of snow to knit the fibrous base together for strength and rigididy. above that I used a thin course of fine textured snow, (dry preferably since it screeds better than wet snow). Upon that we set our base course of snow blocks, being sure to knife off the bottoms smooth so they set straight......:laugh:

Haven't you been reading DVS's posts?!?! You should never incorporate grass fibers in the snow for the base course. The grass will deteriorate very quickly, and you'll have a call back in a week or so. Use some polyolefin rope cut into 3 cm sections and frayed in an "X" pattern. About 1 pound of fibers per linear foot should do. That will give you superior stability and last well into the first real thaw.

I won't even comment on the color. It's probably the same color as every other snow wall on the block. Geez, why can't you amateurs hire a pro with some landscape design ability? Are you a homeowner? You said you're a landscaper, but I'll bet you were doing that as a homeowner project.

Find someone who has built some snow walls and work with them for a while before you go out on your own like that.

I have lots more to say but I'm on my mobile phone now. There's so much wrong with this I don't know where to begin.

(Just kidding, it looks great!)

Lite4
01-05-2013, 05:20 PM
Haven't you been reading DVS's posts?!?! You should never incorporate grass fibers in the snow for the base course. The grass will deteriorate very quickly, and you'll have a call back in a week or so. Use some polyolefin rope cut into 3 cm sections and frayed in an "X" pattern. About 1 pound of fibers per linear foot should do. That will give you superior stability and last well into the first real thaw.

I won't even comment on the color. It's probably the same color as every other snow wall on the block. Geez, why can't you amateurs hire a pro with some landscape design ability? Are you a homeowner? You said you're a landscaper, but I'll bet you were doing that as a homeowner project.

Find someone who has built some snow walls and work with them for a while before you go out on your own like that.

I have lots more to say but I'm on my mobile phone now. There's so much wrong with this I don't know where to begin.

(Just kidding, it looks great!)

:laugh: Too funny. As far as color goes, I did sprinkle some of my blood on the wall for effect. (I cut my hand on one of the plastic bins we were using). So, at least it did look like a true masacre had taken place.

LWG
01-05-2013, 06:11 PM
:laugh: Too funny. As far as color goes, I did sprinkle some of my blood on the wall for effect. (I cut my hand on one of the plastic bins we were using). So, at least it did look like a true masacre had taken place.

Okay, then. All is forgiven.

But what *kind* of blood was it? You know that AB negative will fade more in direct sun than....

Stillwater
01-11-2013, 02:06 AM
Cool as hell I assume you have that blocking on a proper base
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Lite4
01-11-2013, 08:02 AM
Cool as hell I assume you have that blocking on a proper base
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Yes, sadly after the 2" of rain and the 50 degree temps we had last night; the base is all that remains. Thankfully the block was inexpensive.

Groomer
01-11-2013, 12:33 PM
you're getting the same weather we are, so I'd say that project is a distant memory now.