Steps Against House Help

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Graveslawncare, May 11, 2012.

  1. Graveslawncare

    Graveslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    So what about my main problem? Would you compact all that fill base material against the house? Or build a buffer wall against the house? Or do the pillowing method TomG uses? Or do you guys have another way?

    Maybe it won't put as much pressure on the house as I am thinking it will, but I want to be sure before I ever dig, and I figured asking more experienced guys would be a good start.
     
  2. DVS Hardscaper

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    When referring to "the house" do you mean the foundation or the vinyl siding? The foundation will be fine. It's solid. And the siding - - hand tamp in 2" lifts

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  3. DVS Hardscaper

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    Also, there is really no reason why you can't just build a wall against the foundation wall, to create a buffer.
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  4. Graveslawncare

    Graveslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Alright, that's what I was looking for, thanks DVS. So I guess it wasn't as big of a deal as I was making it. I am just the kind of guy who wants to make sure everything is perfect and of the highest quality. I want what I build to outlast the customers' house. So it's always nerve-wracking for me when I have to do something I haven't done before.

    Thanks guys :waving:
     
  5. OneLineAtATime

    OneLineAtATime LawnSite Member
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    Use #57 Limestone instead of crushed limestone, its 95% compacted when it hits the ground
     
  6. DVS Hardscaper

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    And while on the subject of steps against houses. Many contractors like to remove the siding and cover the wooden wall with flashing.

    Most homes are wrapped with Tyvex. Read the specs for Tyvex and you'll see that Tyvex breathes!

    See, I'm a thinker. And I'm as simple minded as can be.

    Is it wise to cover the wood with a non-breathe able membrane???? Think about it. The makers of Tyvex made
    It breathe for a reason, don't you think they know best?
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  7. Graveslawncare

    Graveslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    So just build the steps straight up against what is already there, right? (Siding)
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