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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Agape, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    What methods do you use to grade your projects?

    Right now I'm using a 2x4 with a level attached to it, elevated on one end to achieve 1/4" per foot..........tedious.
  2. Red Shed Landscaping

    Red Shed Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    I have always used 1x4's at various lengths for leveling the base gravel of patios since the 3.5" board is just about the height of the sand and pavers and makes a good guide for going around edges.

    I have tried 2x4's but seemed to be too heavy and wouldn't screed the gravel as well.

    When I level it with the board I hold a 4' level to the board to either make it level or to make sure that it's sloping. I usually have the bubble part way over the line to have it slope if there isn't a specific slope.

    It does take awhile but that's the way I have always done it and had to teach myself. Maybe someone has a faster, better way.
  3. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,601

    This topic has come up numerously. Perhaps do a search for more feedback.

    We use a string line and a line level. The string line provides a great visual to low and high spots.

    We do not use a laser level. It doesn't provide the visual I like to have.
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  4. MJK

    MJK LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    I agree with DVS, plus the set up time is very quick
  5. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

  6. MJK

    MJK LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    I always wanted to try accuscreed, how do you prevent a sag in the center of the screed pipe?
  7. big daddy b

    big daddy b LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    2x4s and string lines. All you need.
    set the string lines with a laser to ensure accuracy, screed to the line with the 2x4.
  8. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    An extra yoke in the middle.
    We use a dowel that slips into the pipe to "connect" the pipe so that you can screed over them and they remain flush to each other.
  9. mybigdog

    mybigdog LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Are you using 1/4 per foot for patios or plumbing?
  10. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Not sure your asking me or not but yes 1/4" per foot on plumbing for the most part and 1/4" per foot on stuff that is probably 12 feet or less. On anything bigger we go 1/8" per foot. So on a 24 foot patio we would drop 3 inches. It seems like on the bigger patio's the water gets "momentum" where as on a short run it might not drain off as fast...

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