Tall a$$ pedestal steps

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by cgland, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The bid itself was for $22,500, but that included 700 sq. ft of pavers, lighting and 80 linear foot of retaining wall ranging from 2' to 5.5'. I will post pics of the finished product.

    chris
     
  2. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What was your rise and run on those steps ?
     
  3. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The rise was 5 1/2' and the run was about 11'. The risers are the standard 6" and the tread is 12 1/2" with a 1" overhang. There are a total of 11 steps.

    chris
     
  4. MarcusLndscp

    MarcusLndscp LawnSite Senior Member
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    Now there's a perfect install......that really looks nice Chris. A job well done!!! We've got a Cat 262 and it's the best skid steer I've ever used. Glad we opted for the large machine, it's a huge difference.
    Mark
     
  5. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm tryint to figure out the steps on a job I'm bidding on. My rise is 9' and the run is 40' .
     
  6. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    neversatisfiedj - You will have 18 steps. You can do it a couple of ways. 1 - You can have your treads measure like 2 feet 1 inch and just keep it consistant that way or you can do a standard 12 inch tread and every 6 steps have like a 7 foot landing. I'm sure there are other ways to do it, but I would choose one of these.

    Marcus - Thanks! Yeah, I kick myself everyday for getting the smaller machine. It sucks because I have to break down every skid of pavers and wall block so that I can lift it. :realmad:

    Chris
     
  7. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    hey chris.....

    i am curious.
    i have never built steps in this method. You say the labor savings more than offset the additional cost of the block???

    looks like it is a lot easier. we have always filled behind each step, compacted, and laid the new course.....

    any tips for trying this for the first time???
     
  8. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
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    Chris, Nice Work! I've never done the pedestal method either. Maybe I'll give it a shot next time. Of course, it will have to be when I use something other than hollow core allan block.

    2 guys/9 hours is also impressive! You guys were bogeyin'! :cool2:
     
  9. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yardpro - Try it on a 2 or 3 rise set of steps. I think the cost about evens itself out. The main benefit is you are eliminating alot of settling issues, so in those terms it could save you a TON of labor. Next time you do a patio w/ a couple of steps up to the door use this method...I think you will be suprised how easy and fast it is.

    Mark - Thanks! Where have you been? LOL Yeah! We were bogeyin' The only cutting is the face blocks. The worst part about it was humpin' the block....thank God for laborers! :p

    Chris
     
  10. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
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    Chris, I'm small time, man! I've been straight out. Hardscapes start for me in a week or so! :cool2: Screw this clean-up sh!t :sleeping:
     

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