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Old 07-29-2011, 08:49 AM
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hate to be the bearer of bad news but why is it slanted down?
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Old 07-29-2011, 10:26 AM
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hate to be the bearer of bad news but why is it slanted down?
Ha! Oh young one, It's not.

It's perfectly level. The sloping grade is throwing you off, that and the fence is following the grade. The only way to correct that is if I used optical refinement to visually get it looking flat, but I'd rather have a level wall than an un-level wall just to make it look visually good.


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Old 07-29-2011, 06:47 PM
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i was looking at the pavers lol what kind are they i never got a response on fb
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:16 PM
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i was looking at the pavers lol what kind are they i never got a response on fb
Hmmmm. Must have missed that comment on FB.

Ya, when you look at the pavers it does look slanted, but again it's the fence that throws off the perception. I've actually had a handful of people ask me if there was a slope on them or not because of that reason.

Next time I'm out there I might throw a level on it to confirm that I did it right. The sloping comments have bugged me a bit as I try to be a perfectionist.

Also, you can see the pavers on the ledge and they look tilted slightly forward and actually that was done on purpose to get the water to run forward and off the wall.

The pavers are a Whitacre/Grier clay paver. #32 and #33.


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Old 08-06-2011, 09:29 AM
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Backyard Update.

Before Photos are on this page. http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=272897&page=3


We were working on a property just next door and I decided to go over and check out how this backyard has turned out over the last few years.

Since the original installation, the homeowners took out the pool and installed a small patio in that area themselves. Overall the back-yard looks pretty good. I'm glad the colors came together well.

The silver mound could have been planted another 6 inches or so from the walk, but over-all they're spaced pretty good. I really like that silver color and how it breaks up the rock and softens it up.

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Watch out for the dog in the 3rd pic!


What kind of ornamental grass is that? Almost looks like purple fountain grass but without the poofy flowers. Are they hardy there?

Looks good
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:50 PM
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Watch out for the dog in the 3rd pic!


What kind of ornamental grass is that? Almost looks like purple fountain grass but without the poofy flowers. Are they hardy there?

Looks good
Yes, watch out for that little thing.

Ruby Ribbons Switch grass.


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Old 08-07-2011, 08:31 AM
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That is a really nice wall White gardens
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:40 AM
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What? No Mortar?
4" footer of 6000 psi concrete with 3/8 re-bar. The first course was then set in type-S mortar. The voids were then filled with more 6000 psi concrete. The original ledge stood for 100+ years and I plan on this one to be there for 100+ years. That and the wall was only two courses and a cap. I didn't want any flex or movement over time.

Due to industry standards, snap edging was used for the paver restraint. I have seen mortar restraint on paver sidewalks fail at the edges as it doesn't allow the edges to move and float with the rest of the sidewalk.

Single brick edging always gets set in mortar to create a "curb" without the look of curb edging. It allows the edging to stay in place, and also a barrier to keep grass from encroaching into the beds.

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Old 08-07-2011, 09:02 AM
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So, in person, the job looks great. The homeowners are happy and that's all that matters.

I choose my plantings and spacing to allow a little room for the HO to piddle around with. She likes to do some gardening, and I'll I was trying to do is give her a good start.

I got the mulch down today before it started raining. Then I took pics after the rain. While I was there I was able to observe the function of my french drain and I couldn't be happier. In one pic is a puddle, and at the right edge you could see the water hit it and disappeared. The main source of the water was from the driveway, so there was a lot and the trench absorbed it with ease.

The other pic of the pipe is the outlet, ten minutes later and it was flowing twice as much.

Yes, we decided not to continue the last course on the wall. I really wanted to to help hid the downspout, but they were happy. If you were there in person it doesn't look bad at all.

The Easter Island guy was made by a local man, and I'm not sure if he is still around or not. The HO bought it 3 years ago, and I gave him a good home.

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Say no mortar?
The grade is all wrong looks like all the water is going to run towards garage instead away from thing going make problem with seal plate
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