Register free!
Search
 
     

Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-14-2013, 10:43 AM
Agape's Avatar
Agape Agape is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: salem or
Posts: 1,569
grading

What methods do you use to grade your projects?

Right now I'm using a 2x4 with a level attached to it, elevated on one end to achieve 1/4" per foot..........tedious.
__________________
Don Bullis-

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.p...10#post4099310

Ex-mark 60" mulch kit with oregon high lift blades for sale MAKE OFFER! http://lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=364386

http://lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t...ighlight=agape

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-14-2013, 11:38 AM
Red Shed Landscaping Red Shed Landscaping is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: North Central IA
Posts: 173
I have always used 1x4's at various lengths for leveling the base gravel of patios since the 3.5" board is just about the height of the sand and pavers and makes a good guide for going around edges.

I have tried 2x4's but seemed to be too heavy and wouldn't screed the gravel as well.

When I level it with the board I hold a 4' level to the board to either make it level or to make sure that it's sloping. I usually have the bubble part way over the line to have it slope if there isn't a specific slope.

It does take awhile but that's the way I have always done it and had to teach myself. Maybe someone has a faster, better way.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-14-2013, 12:06 PM
DVS Hardscaper's Avatar
DVS Hardscaper DVS Hardscaper is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: County Jail
Posts: 5,760
This topic has come up numerously. Perhaps do a search for more feedback.

We use a string line and a line level. The string line provides a great visual to low and high spots.

We do not use a laser level. It doesn't provide the visual I like to have.
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-14-2013, 01:27 PM
MJK MJK is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Michigan
Posts: 356
I agree with DVS, plus the set up time is very quick
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-14-2013, 10:43 PM
xtreem3d's Avatar
xtreem3d xtreem3d is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 704
we use this most of the time.. fwiw http://accuscreed.com/accuway.htm

EDIT..I should mention we still use 1" gas pipe instead of the 1 1/4" pipe in the directions

http://accuscreed.com/productinfo.htm

On really hard ground that you can't drive conduit into we use this with rebar http://accuscreed.com/megascreed.htm
__________________
The best way to predict your future is to create it.
Ground Effects LLC
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-15-2013, 01:54 PM
MJK MJK is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Michigan
Posts: 356
I always wanted to try accuscreed, how do you prevent a sag in the center of the screed pipe?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-15-2013, 06:28 PM
big daddy b's Avatar
big daddy b big daddy b is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: East Syracuse, NY
Posts: 95
2x4s and string lines. All you need.
set the string lines with a laser to ensure accuracy, screed to the line with the 2x4.
__________________
www.nelliganco.com
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-15-2013, 10:52 PM
xtreem3d's Avatar
xtreem3d xtreem3d is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 704
Quote:
Originally Posted by MJK View Post
I always wanted to try accuscreed, how do you prevent a sag in the center of the screed pipe?
An extra yoke in the middle.
We use a dowel that slips into the pipe to "connect" the pipe so that you can screed over them and they remain flush to each other.
__________________
The best way to predict your future is to create it.
Ground Effects LLC
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-18-2013, 08:52 PM
mybigdog mybigdog is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 15
Are you using 1/4 per foot for patios or plumbing?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-19-2013, 07:46 AM
xtreem3d's Avatar
xtreem3d xtreem3d is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 704
Quote:
Originally Posted by mybigdog View Post
Are you using 1/4 per foot for patios or plumbing?
Not sure your asking me or not but yes 1/4" per foot on plumbing for the most part and 1/4" per foot on stuff that is probably 12 feet or less. On anything bigger we go 1/8" per foot. So on a 24 foot patio we would drop 3 inches. It seems like on the bigger patio's the water gets "momentum" where as on a short run it might not drain off as fast...
__________________
The best way to predict your future is to create it.
Ground Effects LLC
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:20 AM.

Page generated in 0.07775 seconds with 9 queries