Tall a$$ pedestal steps

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by cgland, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Here are some pics of a set of steps we built using the pedestal method. These are the tallest I have built. I believe there are 7 skids of block in the steps alone. As you can see we intermixed EP Henry Coventry block with Versa Lok to save some money and give it some beef. There are also 3 pulls of geogrid in the steps as well.

  2. sgallaher

    sgallaher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Looks really good. Nice work.
  3. gil

    gil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    How long did it take you to build the steps?
    Really nice work.
  4. chesie

    chesie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Is that a CAT 242 I see in the background? Man knows his machines!
  5. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    It looks great...If I may ask, what is the difference between the pedestal method and building the stairs with just 2 or 3 submerged blocks per stair?
  6. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    Looks great Chris. Did you compare the cost using Versa Lok vs. using Cov. Wall Plus? Just curious what the savings were.
  7. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    Thanks guys!

    gil - It took about 18 man hours to build the steps. (2 guys 9 hrs)
    Chesie - It is actually a CAT 232! I wish I would have gone bigger, but hindsight is 20/20.
    Sodking - The pedestal method is where your whole structure is solid block all resting on your initial base. There is no backfill behind the riser what so ever. The advantages are a more solid, stable structure with less likliness of settlement and labor savings. Although I think the labor savings is offset by the additional material two fold.
    Mike - We saved a ton of money by using Versa lok behind the scenes instead of Coventry (VL = $6.25/sq ft Coventry = $12.45/sq ft)
    P.S. Coventry plus is an 8" block. The steps would be too awkward using it.

  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Beutifull work you do yourself very proud.I'm sure your customers are very very happy with it.Now raise your price next time because of the expeirence you gained this time.
  9. aclassic

    aclassic LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    kudos on a job well done, i've done this before and i feel your pain steps + radius = one tough job
    looks great though
  10. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    Great looking steps !! I have a bid coming up on a very similar job. What was you bid on that job might I ask ? How high were the steps ?

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