Job I didn't get

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by BradLewisLawnCare, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    So, I am friends with this person on facebook and grabbed this picture. Because I was not in her budget and she paid a seasonal snow plowing price (wanted money back due to lack of snow. She said "So I'm just out the money?) rather than a per push, she did not hire me for this job.

    So I figured I'd put the picture up here so we can all learn from this persons work. The fire pit and landscaping are coming today I guess... So they'll just place pit on patio and then hope that the stone dust is compacted 100% so it doesn't start settling.

  2. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Haha nice work!
  3. jwilkers2vt

    jwilkers2vt LawnSite Member
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    As long as it looks good on the surface, no one knows...right? Get in, get out, get paid. There is no way that dust is packed
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    holy crap!!!! looks like it was built ontop of volcano ash!:dizzy::laugh:
  5. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Idk. I sent her a message re: the proper base compaction. I am hoping she hears, then doesn't pay final amount an has me come fix it.

    What is the guy thinking? It's never going to erode away? The snapedge is not a retaining wall.

    The fire pit placed on top will surely settle unless thy guy used his skidsteer to pack that stone dust.

    I feel bad for her, but serves her right for being frugal and not listening when people are talking to her.

    Looks like she will be out the money for this patio.lmao
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  6. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It looks like he probably does have a modified stone base, but used screenings for the setting bed. If the grade is fixed around the patio, may not be as bad as you would think, but it also may.
  7. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well in each case I'm just jealous I couldn't do the job. Let's be honest. I'm sure the landscaping includes topsoil and plant material around the backside.

    I've seen the way the dust can settle on a couple jobs I have redone on account of other guys. I wouldn't be surprised if it did. But your right, might take a while
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  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    I make alotta sales by not doing retaining walls. Not all patios that are on sloped ground needs a wall. Take railroad beds for example - they don't have walls holding the beds together.

    You simply import soil, backfill along patio, and taper out into the yard.

    Our first couPle patios were done on dust. They are still intact.

    Well my friend - the pic shows a small patio. You're dwelling on a small job too much. Go have fun doing whatever you like to do when you're not working and enjoy life. If she wants to spend her money on garbage work, and doesn't do her homework - that's her choice. You're not going to benefit at this point, so just put it out if your mind.

    And yeah - you may wanna rethink doing seasonal snow contracts - its already cost you one patio sale :)

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  9. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    this deserves the hack thread. look down the right side, must be 3 or 4 inches out of straight
  10. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    That patio is pathetic, hope she is happy.

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