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Best way to deal with this

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by MDLawn, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thats going to be some small step at the door when you're done with it. I can't believe Allan block is still being used for steps!
     
  2. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Do you think I should move it out? Rather adjust now if possible. The one dealer I've worked with carries that product plus the entire product is Atlas Block so the colors will match, block and paver. Just sheer curiosity what is it about Allan Block?
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  3. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I started using a big board today. Helped a bit.
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  4. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wow looking at the pictures you are totally right. That would've been awful. REDO.
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  5. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Day 4, more base put in and getting close to level (yes pitched too). Base, compact, base, compact, base, compact....... It looks like in some spots I excavated too much and ending up with 8"+ of base, which besides wasting money, isn't such a bad thing. Lots of "Doh!!" moments, but honestly I expected it. Going to fix the stairs as the top step would be smaller than the door opening, thanks Zedo for opening my eyes to this. Will be back to this project on Fri, Sat, Sun and hopefully getting the walkway base in and leveling (pitching) it all out and maybe sand and pavers soon??

    Oh yea and this crazy hawk came flying out of one of my bothers apple trees. This thing was HUGE!!

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  6. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Made more progress today by getting the walkway base in and leveling the base the best I can to within the 3/8" spec I've read before sand. Made the first tread in the stair much longer so there will be an acutal stair at the top. Thanks again to Zedosix for pointing that out. Instead of the early pity party I was throwing myself I'm feeling some relief that progress is being made. Tomorrow is paver and steps day!! Got the wet table saw rented, sand in the dump trailer, and pavers ready to lay. This will be the true test to see how well I think I did. It's my first ever true hardscape so unfortunately I'm not expecting any miracles and more whoops!!! Here are some pics of the base. I know they are riveting!!!

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  7. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ok just thought of a question for those with the knowledge. Start pavers with walkway or corner by stairs?
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  8. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm assuming the back wall of garage.
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  9. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    I always prefer to start along any existing straight surface, such as the garage in your case. This way you are sure the straight lines are parallel, if your lines end up being off a little at the other end or along the walk it wont be as noticeable. With the opposite, if you start at the walkway and your measurements are off by the slightest bit it will be magnified, your lines will not be parallel with the garage.
     
  10. Birchwood

    Birchwood LawnSite Member
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    Looks good. I would start with the back wall of garage and work to the walk that way you are square to the house, if you started with the walk and worked to the patio you might not be square to the house. Try to have as many full pavers by the house.

    Also watching your rentals, I would have done all the excavating first, and then rented the compactor. You could also get 90% of the pavers down before needing to make any cuts. Just a thought.
     

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