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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by kemmer, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 608

    Working on a monument for the fire department, i've a attached the final rendering. We dug a foundation and poured a slab with 2 pillars coming up. The bottom of the foundation will be 3' below final grade. We will be be building a 2' tall raises planter unilock block. DPW fill the hole with dirt but it was wet and is still a little wet due to storms. I went to compact it and it wouldn't compact well. My question is, should i wait for it to dry out and try to compact it again? Then dig 6-8" down and install a QP base? or get 24 tons of QP and fill the whole hole? Or the other option is dig a trench where the wall will be down to the foundation level about 2-3' and fill and compact with QP and then set the block?. That orange line on the block is going to be the final grade

    Note: we will be installing a 6" tall curb in the roadway to help raise the grade to that level

    Heres the drawings to see it better
    http://www.haworthfire.org/monument/Haworth_Fire_Dept_Monument.pdf

    Heres some pictures
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  2. Merlin300

    Merlin300 LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
    Posts: 156

    If it were me. I would dig the trench and add base. No way I would wait for it to dry out.
     
  3. Merlin300

    Merlin300 LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
    Posts: 156

    That looks like a fun project by the way. Good luck with it.
     
  4. amscapes03

    amscapes03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 398

    Very nice. Did you design that? Should make a water feature out of the fire hydrants.....just kidding.
     
  5. amscapes03

    amscapes03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 398

    Wow. Just took a look at your monument pdf. Excellent drawings. What software are you running?
     
  6. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 608

    Ya thats what i was thinking, dig a trench down and fill it with qp for the base. ya it is my design, i used vectorworks for the drawings and adobe illustrator for the renderings, i needed to get it checked out by a engineer because the ring thats suspended weighs around 600lbs. were just waiting on the steel then will see some progress.
     
  7. Dountman

    Dountman LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Posts: 85

    Looking good Kemmer. Construction details look good as usual. I bet you could get an A in Mike's class with those.
     
  8. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 608

    hey whats up colin, hows summer treating you
     

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