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  1. Hardscaping
    Hello, We are building a stamped concrete patio that is approx 1050 sqft in size and has two levels. Below is a basic screenshot of proposed patio shape and location. The red circle is a firepit. We looked at various stamp patterns and are confused as to use just one pattern for a large patio...
  2. Introduce Yourself
    Hello to everyone here. This is Shane, owner of S2K LLC. In Boise Idaho. I enjoy reading what contractors in other parts of the country use to get the job done. Although Boise has been steady with growth it's still competitive. If we're going to build we do our best and strive to make the most...
  3. Hardscaping
    A concrete step, with a limestone cap, will be installed directly across the back of this home. It will stretch all the way across what is show in the pic attached. I have three questions. - Is it ok to pour the concrete directly up against the 2" x 10" white Hardi trim piece? - The step...
  4. General Industry Discussions
    I have an older well used Stihl ts760av Im simply wondering about approximate value. It has a new piston kit, v-belt and 14" rescue blade Its obviously older and had alot of use before i got it. It does run amazingly well, fast and cuts as good as i could imagine it ever did. Approx. Value?
  5. Heavy Equipment & Tractors
    Hey y'all- I just purchased a (new to me Boxer diesel) mini skid steer, having finally sold my smaller older wheel-model Dingo, and I'm getting geared up for the year. I have been interested in a hydraulic breaker for a while now. I understand that the size & force of the breaker is dictated...
  6. Hardscaping
    I have no experience in building large faux / fake concrete rock walls. I was wondering if anyone had some good references for design and build of large installs. Things like using chicken wire and building the large "form" of the rock mass, using steel or wood to add structure to hold weight of...
  7. Hardscaping
    Hello, Last spring, we decided to remove a concrete walkway (and much of the soil underneath it) behind our house and replace it with either a pea gravel or decomposed granite patio with boxwoods and a fire pit. Removing the concrete and soil was fun, hard work. Now, we need to decide how...
  8. Industry Surveys & Polls
    I run a medium sized lawn/landscape company with about 10 employees, plus myself. We were performing about 600 jobs a month at the end of last season, most of which were maintenance. We have built several hardscapes projects, but that's not our bread and butter. Yesterday, I was called out to...
  9. Power Washing
    This past year we installed an approximately 30 yd x 30 yd concrete/brick plaza in the center of campus. It is surrounded almost entirely by brick seating walls. The plaza does not drain well and never had any tile drains installed(not my choice). It is a terrible trap for leaves, dirt, and...
  10. Hardscaping
    Yesterday I had a commercial builder I work for request my opinion on the idea of setting pavers in concrete to "discourage theft." That's a new one for me. I recommended that if he's that concerned with someone stealing the pavers that he should just pour stamped concrete in a paver pattern...
  11. Marketplace
    Got this package last year. It's not for me. For Sale Are: - Curbmate 509 Curbing machine with 3 residential molds and 6 trowels. You can purchase addition commercial forms that allow you to do parking lot blocks and islands etc. - Brown Professional edger w/ curbing rotor. This is nice because...
  12. Power Washing
    SURFACE CLEANER GUIDELINES Use two bar surface cleaners. Three or four bars spreads your power too thin. I recommend using 15 degree nozzles for the 20-24" surface cleaners and up to 10gpm. 28-36" surface cleaners with 10+gpms use the 25 degree nozzles. Use the barens nozzle calculator to...
  13. Hardscaping
    OK guys, got a quick question here... This is my first "real" project as a homeowner. We have an existing concrete slab patio that is in great shape, but we are expanding it with concrete pavers. We intend to have the concrete stained to come close in color to the "inside" pavers once we are...
  14. Power Washing
    The nastiest sidewalk I've ever cleaned. It was furry, with about a 1/4" thickness of algae, mold, and mildew build up. the home owner was thrilled with the results. I had to use a lot of love to get this sucker clean. :weightlifter:
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