TomG's Photos

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

  1. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    Thanks for the compliments! I'm glad you learned something.

    I think the main thing with the suction cups is we don't have a big enough compressor. But I'll look into better hoses. Thanks!

    And here is a new video I recently put up of the paver placer for anyone interested.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvSUIyUprrU
     
  2. jturkey69

    jturkey69 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    Thanks Tom..as of last night I subscribed, and have perused quite a few of the vids, including the how to's...nice job on the vids!
     
  3. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    Just a preemptive warning... this post may take some time to get through. There are 95 pictures at the end. but I think its worth it.

    As some of you may or may not know, we were the contractor that was selected to do the Techo contractor showcase project last year. It was a real fun, interesting and challenging project. It was a complete re-do of an existing out of date yard.

    In total about 140 pallets of Techo material was installed. It took us 3 weeks (18 total days) to remove the old hardscapes and driveway, prep and install the new hardscapes with our 7 man crew. Big change for us, our average job takes us 3 days. We have done very large jobs like this in the past but they are few and far between around here. Its funny, i think this is the first job we have ever done that had all 5 of our Bobcats, our 3 six wheelers and tri-Axle at.

    The hardest part was all the filming for the video segments. In total there was about 80 "filming sessions" over the 3 weeks. The bad part was we had to completely halt work when the segments were being filmed. No saws running, no movement in the background, no noise, etc... These segment could take from 2min to 30min to complete depending on what the video segment was about. (depended on how well Pete said his lines as well, haha!) So we figure we lost 2-3 days of work total just from all the video segments. So the project probably took us 15-16 days to complete in actual time.

    I know a lot of you will want to know how it was being with Paver Pete for 3 weeks... And it was actually great. Once you get to know him he is a really really nice guy and quite funny. And he knows his ****... listen to him in the showcases!

    The design was completely done by Techo, obviously they wanted to show off particular materials. The home owners had some input on the colors. We mostly do our own designs so this was a big change for us. But it was really cool to see 3D drawings and plans and to use them to build. I know some people have given me crap on here because of our basic designs of other projects etc... so now you can see what we can do with a real designer and plans.

    Also I will add we had a freak snow storm on the last week of construction, that dumped 10" of snow on us in October (melted the next day) and completely destroyed native trees and nurseries stock, because all the trees still had their leafs on them. So if you don't like the planting... we had nothing to choose from.

    I dont have very good finished photos, so just watch this video by techo first. Gives you a good over view of the project and you can see what it looked like before.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxNe8kJp2zQ

    And watch this one to see the after.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUE6qUXjQKk

    And I filmed and put together a video of the driveway demolition/construction.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0LS6j-Rof4

    And that nice Techo catalog you have given out to all your clients this year. That's us on the cover!

    So here are the pictures. I took soooo many its tough to choose the ones to post. I tried to include a lot of "behind the scenes" pictures of the film crew and Pete, etc... Sorry if some are out of order.

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  4. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,735

    Whoa..... What a job. Some interesting design elements in there. Impressive hardscape work, no doubt. Not sure about the drive and the front walk.... I do like the back yard levels and walls. Overall, it does't really fit with the home.

    But not at all knocking what you guys did! Seems like the Techno design was a bit busy.
     
  5. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 801

    Tom,
    i may have missed it because i didn't go through all the pics yet but wanted to ask while it was fresh in my mind..at the 1 minute 5 sec mark (vid 1) it looks like the block is going down on what we here would call 1" clean ?
    Steve

    PS in pics 31 and 37 why the gaps in the block at the curve?
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2012
  6. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    Haha yea, try building the damn thing exactly how they want it!
     
  7. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    Question about the vid. That would be 3/4" clean stone.

    Question about the pictures, the gaps are there because those portions of the wall are below final grade so why take the time to get them to fit perfectly together when you will never see them. Especially on a double faced curved wall.
     
  8. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 801

    forgive the dumb question , i am not familiar with techo bloc or what part of the job this is but why is the base clean and not compacted?

    PS how was it working with the company filming? I have done something similar in sports and they act like your a complete dummy basically like your 'their boy"
     
  9. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,750

    wow tom, everything looks great.
    I would kill for a free form design like that, no lines to keep straight!
    whats the blue tape for on the stair treads and what about those big holes in the round pavers? poly sand cures all?
     
  10. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    It was the base for the wall. And it was compacted.

    It was great working with this filming company. Really great guys. Stayed out of the way until they needed to film. The only person on film really was Pete so we didn't deal with them much.
     

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