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One amateur, five months, and whole lot of sweat and pain later I'm done!

Thanks to all the masons for helping this hardwood floor contractor diy my backyard project. This was one of those projects that about half way through I said, "What the hell did I get myself into?!".

Don't envy you or your men who do this work everyday. I moved 25 yards of dirt out. 25 yards of rca in, and hauled prolly moved 20 tons of block & pavers by hand.

I demoed my old deck, got rid of a broken concrete slab patio under it, dug out about 10" on my 40' x 25' area. Graded & arched the patio subgrade and put down geotex. Compacted 6" of rca in 2" lifts, and scratched out a 40' level run for a planter wall. After three and half months of work AFTER work & weekends & any free time ...the base was done!

Got 15 pallets of Techo Bloc

Build & glued four 3' pillars and a 2.5' wall of Mini Creta

Put down 1" course sand bed over another layer of geotex.
Laid a border & circle & then filled the field with Blu 60.

Gator Maxx poly sand to finish up.

I'm sure you guys dont think twice about this kinda stuff but I'm happy as heck that it's complete!

...well I still have to glue the caps, and next year plant behind the wall and wall off the sides. So I'm 'mostly' done.

Thanks for the advice.

Gonna put full pics on photo forum
http://www.contractortalk.com/f90/amature-patio-part-1-a-139787/
http://www.contractortalk.com/f90/amature-patio-part-2-a-139788/




 

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One amateur, five months, and whole lot of sweat and pain later I'm done!

Thanks to all the masons for helping this hardwood floor contractor diy my backyard project. This was one of those projects that about half way through I said, "What the hell did I get myself into?!".

Don't envy you or your men who do this work everyday. I moved 25 yards of dirt out. 25 yards of rca in, and hauled prolly moved 20 tons of block & pavers by hand.

I demoed my old deck, got rid of a broken concrete slab patio under it, dug out about 10" on my 40' x 25' area. Graded & arched the patio subgrade and put down geotex. Compacted 6" of rca in 2" lifts, and scratched out a 40' level run for a planter wall. After three and half months of work AFTER work & weekends & any free time ...the base was done!

Got 15 pallets of Techo Bloc

Build & glued four 3' pillars and a 2.5' wall of Mini Creta

Put down 1" course sand bed over another layer of geotex.
Laid a border & circle & then filled the field with Blu 60.

Gator Maxx poly sand to finish up.

I'm sure you guys dont think twice about this kinda stuff but I'm happy as heck that it's complete!

...well I still have to glue the caps, and next year plant behind the wall and wall off the sides. So I'm 'mostly' done.

Thanks for the advice.

Gonna put full pics on photo forum
http://www.contractortalk.com/f90/amature-patio-part-1-a-139787/
http://www.contractortalk.com/f90/amature-patio-part-2-a-139788/
Wow brotha that looks beautiful.
 

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One amateur, five months, and whole lot of sweat and pain later I'm done!

Thanks to all the masons for helping this hardwood floor contractor diy my backyard project. This was one of those projects that about half way through I said, "What the hell did I get myself into?!".

Don't envy you or your men who do this work everyday. I moved 25 yards of dirt out. 25 yards of rca in, and hauled prolly moved 20 tons of block & pavers by hand.

I demoed my old deck, got rid of a broken concrete slab patio under it, dug out about 10" on my 40' x 25' area. Graded & arched the patio subgrade and put down geotex. Compacted 6" of rca in 2" lifts, and scratched out a 40' level run for a planter wall. After three and half months of work AFTER work & weekends & any free time ...the base was done!

Got 15 pallets of Techo Bloc

Build & glued four 3' pillars and a 2.5' wall of Mini Creta

Put down 1" course sand bed over another layer of geotex.
Laid a border & circle & then filled the field with Blu 60.

Gator Maxx poly sand to finish up.

I'm sure you guys dont think twice about this kinda stuff but I'm happy as heck that it's complete!

...well I still have to glue the caps, and next year plant behind the wall and wall off the sides. So I'm 'mostly' done.

Thanks for the advice.

Gonna put full pics on photo forum
http://www.contractortalk.com/f90/amature-patio-part-1-a-139787/
http://www.contractortalk.com/f90/amature-patio-part-2-a-139788/




Very nice! How much total for material?
 

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Haven't done a paving job in 20 years now. Landscapers have taken over the area in the paver business. In heavy commercial we aren't even offered the chance to bid on these applications as it is consumed by landscaping bidders. That's why I ask again why the stone is blue/ gray then turns buff? Is it the lighting? Or gator sand doing it. IDK thanks for an answer in advance.
 
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