Hardscaping Hacks - Pics

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Gilmore.Landscaping, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,645

    I wish i had taken a picture, but i got a call to do a small paver patio this summer and the gentleman on the phone boasted: " I ALREADY DID ALL THE EXCAVATION FOR THE PROJECT FOR YOU SO THE JOB IS HALF DONE!"

    I got to the estimate, and the sod had been chiseled out- not even below the roots in some places. It was just an 8x10 scalloped area 1- 1.5 inches deep.

    They were puzzled as to why i couldn't just sprinkle sand and put the 1x1 exposed aggregate squares from lowes down
  2. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,855

    The funniest thing is, in the age of the internet, any bozo can just type "how to build a paver patio" into google and even the most idiotic advice will tell you it takes more than that.
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  3. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    Notice I have not participated in this thread hardly at all.

    One unnamed forum member referred to an unknown person(s) work as an "idiot"! Yet - myself and others here have found numerous flaws with his/her work from his/her photos!!

    Steps, walks, paths, walls, are a facet of gardening. Many many people will NOT pay for what they conceive as gardening. Just because we are contractors does not mean every person will call a contractor every time they want something done. So they do it theirselves. It's no different than a person who works on his truck instead of taking it to a repair shop.

    Yeah, there are certainly alotta hardscape hacks out there.

    But what makes folks think their work doesn't have flaws? Cause I see alotta pics of jobs that have flaws :)

    Heck, Techo-bloc has had pictures in their catalogs of jobs with some noticeable flaws!
  4. Drakeslayer

    Drakeslayer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    Manufacturing or installation flaws?
  5. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,272

    I've also noticed install flaws in techo's catalog, I don't have the catalog handy but the one I can remember is the photo of a retaining wall with steps, the corner of the wall looked like crap.
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  6. amscapes03

    amscapes03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 398

    Techo has one of the best catalogs, flaws and all. Take a look at several of the other competitors catalogs. I'm amazed/horrified at the pics they select to represent their product.
  7. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,878

    You must not have seen Borgert or Rochester Interlock's catalogs.
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  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    yes, I agree, Techo DOES have the nicest and best catalogs that I have seen yet. Techo has raised the bar for the entire paver industry.

    but.......there has been some nice photos that just so happen to have some flaws visible.

    See, whether it's an industry catalog, or a "how to" YouTube video - who do you think is better suited for the job, an award winning contractor with 15 yrs of hands on field experience, or a salesperson who's expertise is reviewing current inventory sheets?

    These manufacturers need to assemble Contractor Advisory Boards. Where people like me review their catalogs and videos before going live.
  9. Drakeslayer

    Drakeslayer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    There are others?:dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy:
  10. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 645

    There are "flaws" in every project. I am certain that I could look at your projects and find some as well. I will be the first to admit that yes our projects have "flaws" too.

    What it really comes down to is the scale of that flaw. for example, if you choose to run your banding straight into a corner instead of cutting a miter joint some would say that's a flaw, others would not. If you choose to dig and install 12" Granular base vs stripping the sod and laying pavers I think we can all agree that's a flaw.

    I think we can all agree there is no project in here which is something we would ever install and that is the fun of this thread.

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