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Step construction question.

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by PerfiCut L&L, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    Ive tried to search the threads and really havnt' been able to find any answers or opinions so I'm posting this question.

    Why is it necessary / recommended to build steps as a solid unit vs using compacted base CR6? We did a job a while back with 2 steps to a landing. We used crusher run compacted every 2 inches from the ground up. There hasnt been any signs of settling as of yet. Just wondering, if It can be expected to over the next few years or not.

    Just seems to be rather cost effective to use compacted base material vs stones.
  2. XXL Hardscaper

    XXL Hardscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    It depends on how you are looking at your cost? Are you really looking at your total cost?

    I don't think you can build a set of steps using gravel in fill as fast as you can using all block. The difference in cost of material is not as great as the amount of labor time saved.

    I also think an all block set of steps are less susceptible to any freeze issues.

  3. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    Your right. Back when we did these steps with fill, we werent job costing our time. Looking at it now, we did spend much longer filling/compacting/filling/compacting, than if we would have just laid solid stones. Although Im wondering now, and will dig out the invoice to compare the time we spent vs the cost of stones.

    The project consisted of a landing 4'x10' with three total steps 14' linear feet.

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