First paver job

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Mike33, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    First paver job at my own home, pick away. Not quite ready to tamp and poly sand yet. Bar table picking up granite tomm. Barbecue pit still under construction.


  2. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
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    Looks Good!
  3. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not bad for a first job, but I'm noticing some running some straight lines where the blocks weren't staggered correctly. In the last pic it looks like the last row on the right is sloping upward slightly. Keep at it, you'll only get better!
  4. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    good obsevation, my wall is little off and i thought i could adjust paver to fit. Bad idea. Especially since im a wall builder. On the first landing does the turn and cuts look okey? I know my lines got off lesson learned. On up towards pillar pics dont show i have them running better, got more experience the farther i went. It was tough working by my self getting up and down carrying and laying pita. thanks for input.
  5. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks prety good so far. Should turn out to a be a nice first project. Did notice a couple small things, atleast from the two pictures posted.

    1. in the first picture, the wall to the left with the board on it. Might have been a good idea to put a layer of geotextle between the back of the wall stones and the fill. Especially if its dirt. You'll end up with dirt and sand washing out onto the patio after every rain.

    2. Where the rake & shovel are: It looks as if the last 10 or so rows of pavers were an afterthought. From this angle I can see some prety long seams.

    3. Not sure how much room there is, and what the design of the bar table is, but it looks like it should have been about 2' farther from corner of the deck/steps. Seating may block the travel path from the steps to the rest of the patio. Plus you may gain an addiontal seting spot at the end other end of the table between the bar and the deck. As it looks now, you might have 2' between the bar base and the sitting wall. Just a thought.

    4. SECOND PIC: Again, it looks as if the 3 last 3 rows were an afterthough, as there are long running seams.

    5. Not sure whats happening to the walkway. Looks like it shifts halfway to the first step/landing. Grabs my eyes attention.

    Not bad though, especially for a first. I'm sure you've learned alot already. Note the limitations of the wall stone(s) and their design. Especially at the step from the walkway to the patio. Exposing the end or cut portion of a wall stone, which has a grooves or chanels end to end can make for an eye sore. Curves are more difficult to accomplish and take additional work to ensure clean joints when using square wall stone. Pie shaped stones with random sizes make creating bends and curves in walls very easy.

    All in All. Looks good so far, and thanks for the pics. Keep them coming.
  6. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Great points, where the rake and shovel is was exactly after thought. Just added that 4' section 2 days ago. i pulled soldier course and layed out for more room. I going to pull a few on the first landing sat. and see what i can do. Thanks again,
  7. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Messages: 1,209

    I would have used a set pattern way too many straight lines. For your first time on the patio it looks good.
  8. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    Thanks, i know you do quality work and your comment was appreciated. I had a competer buddy who does pavers told me for first time use 6x6 and 6x9 random pattern any way you lay them will be fine. The in put i have received is that waent the best pattern for that size. I also think his advise might of been a little off. I live in the mountains of and very little paver work happens except by h/o. I build a ton of srw but for the effect of holding something back. Very few garden walls etc.
  9. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A few pics from today, pulled 5' of pavers from first step and re laid. Also completed block work on b. pit. Placed top on table have to remove to place lights that just came in. Ab courtyard sucks





  10. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    I see you pulled up the last few rows near the BBQ and fixed those lines. Good choice.

    Looks good so far.

    One thing I noticed with the addition of the new pictures. On the first pic of the landing/walkway leading to your steps. It looks like you are cutting the pavers one at a time. Giving a slightly uneven cut between the pavers and the soldiar corse.
    Suggestion: Lay the pavers, mark where you want the border stones, then leave the pavers in place, and cut with a skill/chop saw. Remove scraps, lay down your border. This will give you a consistant and straiter line.

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