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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by TomG, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    How is that a fly-by-night comment?

    We met with customers and figure out what they wanted to do/what they have in mind. We educate the customer on what is actually possible and what we think the best thing to do structurally and in terms of design. Whether it be the height of a retaining wall or the location of a fire pit and the sitting wall that will go around it. Then we do a design for them based on our experience/knowledge and we try to incorporate what their ideas are for the project, or maybe we do a totally different design if we think that they will like it. We take the design to them, if they love it great! If not we make changes as long as it does not compromise our quality of work. If they insist that they want the sitting wall to be 24” high instead of the 18” that we suggested then I’m not prepared to lose the job over something like that so it gets changed. So in the end we come up with something they like, is in their price range and something we are proud to put our name on. Yea the customer might not know the work fully but they should have a pretty good idea of it once they are done meeting with us. That’s our job, amongst other things, to educate the customer.

    So I stand by my comment, they loved the work, and we the installer liked how the job came out and made money. I do respect everyone’s opinion on the designs of our work, I have picked up a few design tips that that people have suggested that we will try to incorporate into our work for the upcoming year.
  2. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    It goes under the patio and out to a swale in between this house and the house next to it. Just put the pipe in at the bottom of your excavation and cover it up with your base material. Just make sure its pitching the correct way.
  3. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    Here are some pictures showing construction pictures of a granite front stoop. Its a 6' x 4' pad with 3, 6' steps. The base is 8" of 3/4" compacted process gravel. Also here is a video showing how we put it all together. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlAAmVoTGk8





  4. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    Some more pictures of granite stoop installation. This is another 6' x 4' pad with 5, 6' steps.





  5. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,514

    This is an old job right?
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    The guy on the left needs to start exercising.......

  7. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,635

    Am I right to say you have two different jobs showing? First one has only 4 steps next one has 5 on completion.
  8. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 662

    bet you wished you moved the rubber mallet before you set it down. Also why are you using such small mallets?
  9. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    Bleed Green- Its 2 jobs from last summer.

    Zedosix- Yes its 2 different jobs. Sorry, I just re-read my posts and I didn't make it clear.

    Wurkin- The mallet is there on purpose. If you watch the video in the first post you will see we used a hammer in the same location. If we didn't leave that or something else there we would not be able to get the straps out. Also We spend a lot of time getting the base level (pitching away from house a little) so we don't use the mallets to much. This size mallet seams to work well. Remember one square foot of granite 7in thick weighs 110lbs so its quite tough to move around by hand so that's why we spend extra time preparing the base.

    Here is another video showing the compleate process. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThmP0CaeVcs
    Its not from either of these jobs and its not the best video but it will give you an idea. We don't show this one to customers, haha, i think you will see why. These steps fought us the whole time as you can see. And at the 3:04 mark i get stung by a bee. And your foot is never a good tool to try to move granite.:laugh:
  10. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    How do you plan to address the July heat???
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