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10 years in minnesota?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Budlightshooter, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 402

    What company was it in Minnesota?
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  2. zimmatic

    zimmatic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    I did a raised patio/paver job in 2001 We went to work and put in interlock pisa wall block 7 block high. Burried the first 2 block with compacted stone below that. The house is in bloomington and on a sand lot. Knowing this I told the homeowner we needed to go down to the footings of the house 8-12' and proprerly compact the soil back up for the wall system. It added to the cost obviously. He said no. I said for the price I quted for you we will go down 4'. I told him that he need to sign a waiver that I wont be held liable when the wall "possibly" will start to sink. Well it took 10 years and it sunk 3.5" The patio goes 13' out from the house. We tore up the whole wall against the house and 7' out from the house and reset the walls. I still do sprinkler maint for the house and was monitering the wall for the last 3 years it seems to have quite sinking about 3 years ago. So in 2010 I approached the homeowner to repair it. He said yes, but it was a job. What did I learn walk away if they dont do it the it correct way, because he eventually spent close to the $$$ last year as he would have in the begining. I dont do patio's and walls anymore for some of these reasons. It was just to frustrating to have clients tell me that this other company will do it for X price and 5 years down the road the patio or wall sinks 3-5". To do thing correctly takes work and time.
  3. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    Its the sands fault not yours!
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  4. Budlightshooter

    Budlightshooter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    well i am not goin to totally out this guy,

    but somehting to do with nature

    being the best

    and landscape


    you should be able to figure it out

    anyone go to the home show this week? What booth impressed you what one didnt?
  5. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 402

    You see the Waterstone booth with the pond that flows into the permable paver patio???? Pretty cool.
  6. Budlightshooter

    Budlightshooter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    Hes been doing that for a few years, hes got a cool set-up at the state fair i saw last year. I did like Otten Bros, Minnesota Seasons, Waterstones, and Lees. It looked like they put sometime into their booths instead of just slapping some pavers down and placing some pics up. Didnt like the gardens as much, though did like moms wood fountain, it was intresting.

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