Patio Installation

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by shild, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. shild

    shild LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    How do you guys dig out the base for your patio? Do you worry about getting the subsoil completely level or just level it when you put in the base material?
  2. GMTA

    GMTA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    1) Skid steer/shovels

    2) No need to get the subsoil "completely level" but you should dig realitively the same or to a level depth to ensure an accurate amount of base product being installed. ie: if you need a min. 6" base and you under dig in one area and over dig in another your base depth will be all over the charts according to depth and possibly less than what is needed and therefore less stability in certain areas.
  3. shild

    shild LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Thanks for the reply! I usually use my sod cutter to get the top 2.5 inches and then my loader tractor/shovels for the rest. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't some secret that I didnt' know about! haha
  4. AllHardscaping

    AllHardscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    For installs I would usually use a mini skid. I would get it as level as possible without wasting time. Keeping it pretty accurate saves you from disposing too much soil and buying too much base.
  5. ParkviewNursery

    ParkviewNursery LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    i wave my wand .......and vamanos......done
  6. shild

    shild LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I'll take 2 of those wands name the price. :)

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