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#1 olcowhand OFFLINE  

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Posted April 07, 2013 - 11:14 AM

Teresa & I have begun work on the area where the 24' above ground pool used to be.  We are going to use patio paver stones to build a patio for table/chairs, a swing chair, and grill.  I used my Massey's FEL to drag the sand back into piles so I could spread the pea gravel to form the base.  I had a large roll of poly shade cloth to use instead of landscape fabric to help hold the layer of sand that goes on top, which the pavers are set onto.  Gonna take quite a while, but we have to start somewhere.  Not even picked out the pavers yet, but wanted to get this thing started.  I think we'll go with a smaller patio block area, with the remaining perimeter in just river rock, or something similar to make things a bit more affordable on our extremely tight budget.  

  You can see our small beginnings.  As I shovel sand I can remove the blocks holding the cloth down.  1 to 2" of sand is needed for the stone base.  The slope to the right is where it will definitely be either river rock, or crushed brick, depending on cost & availability locally.

 

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This is where I tried blowing myself up by digging up my propane line with my FEL.  Soon as weather warms I will just shut off the propane, do my digging in this area, then lay a new propane line deeper than the 2 to 3" that my gas company put in.  They will replace the line, but I'll have the ditch dug beforehand.

  

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Posted April 07, 2013 - 11:17 AM

That patio will be nice later in the summer.....after to sun goes down....I can smell the food on the grill now! Umm good!



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Posted April 07, 2013 - 11:23 AM

Glad to see you starting now before it gets hot, by the time it gets really hot, you'll be enjoying the new patio.



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Posted April 07, 2013 - 11:55 AM

Looks like it will make a nice area to relax and take a break Daniel. Starting early is a good plan IMO. Last year I did a bunch of landscaping in front of the house. I should have started earlier in the year. I was just getting finished when the snow started. 



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Posted April 07, 2013 - 11:56 AM

Don't forget about some shade for when we are all out there having ribs and etc  It doesn't look like there is any shade of any kind so plan ahead.

 

 

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Posted April 07, 2013 - 11:57 AM

Glad to see you starting now before it gets hot, by the time it gets really hot, you'll be enjoying the new patio.

 

Maybe, but I'm fixing to get busier than a tick in a blood bank!  May be end of summer before it's done.  But I've learned long ago, idf you don't just get in there & start something, it never becomes reality.  But when the windy spring weather ends, I still have some siding to finish, but just too windy this time of year.


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Posted April 07, 2013 - 05:32 PM

I bet that will be a great place to relax once you are done!



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Posted April 07, 2013 - 05:59 PM

COOL! I'll be there in the morning to help, but I need to be back home by 6!



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Posted April 08, 2013 - 12:25 PM

OCH.. that looks like a great start... You sir just gave me a great idea.. 



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Posted April 08, 2013 - 03:37 PM

You have to start somewhere.   Absolutely.  Looks good so far.  I hope there will be a lot less maintenance once it's laid out than I'm sure the pool was.



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Posted April 08, 2013 - 03:42 PM

When they run the new line, have them put a tap on it so you can feed the grill if gas.


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Posted April 08, 2013 - 04:26 PM

When they run the new line, have them put a tap on it so you can feed the grill if gas.

 

I've went back to charcoal, but the old grill was propane, and I had it fed off the house regulator.  Saved a ton over propane bottles.



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Posted June 05, 2013 - 07:08 PM

Another trip for supplies.  20 walking path pavers, 32 more border stones, 8 bags concrete mix, one bag of portland cement (to make the concrete mix worth mixing), 40' of drainage pipe, concrete coloring, & one PVC fitting for current washer drain.  1,500lb of more lifting.  That did me in for the day.


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 02:53 PM

Got the rest of the border blocks in place & have been working on the drainage area, plus more.  Today I moved my LP tank & just sat it on my 14' trailer to get it out of the way.  Had a rack for various metals behind the LP tank & wanted to move it, then set the LP tank closer to the storage shed.  Want a cleaner more open area.

 

LP tank with metal rack behind it sat right up against this shed.

 

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Now the rack is against the side of the shop.

 

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More inventory to move, toss, or scrap.

 

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Where I am with the patio right now.  Sunday I'll likely mix & pour concrete to fill all the gaps in the patio too hard to do by cutting pavers.

 

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Posted June 07, 2013 - 03:34 PM

Your patio is coming along nice :thumbs: Are you still going to use river rocks on the edge ?  We used small .(3/4-1") ones around our above ground pool with plastic underneath and it has held up well going on it's 24th year  


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