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Old 08-12-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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The area between my house and garage is mostly all 3/8" crushed blue stone except for a ~3' perimeter out from the house and garage where there were flower beds. I want to run the stone right up to the house and garage, nix the beds (long gone). I will dig out the dirt 3-4" and fill that in with stone.

The existing stone has been there quite a few years. Filled with decayed leaves/flakes, dirt, etc. Any good way to restore the existing stone? I'm going to put a thin layer over the existing to build it up in some areas, but, I'd like to get it cleaned out.

I wish I had a screen contraption to wash the dirt/sand out of the piles of crushed stone I have sitting off to the side!

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If you are willing to pull it out and rinse it off you could build yourself a little screen setup easily enough.

Could try shop vacuuming it but I doubt you will get far.

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I'm getting my house prepared to rent out, so I don't want to go too crazy. It'd be a rather large area to dig out and rinse, so IF I did do something like this, it'd just be for the small piles I have off to the side.
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Funny you bring this up but washing rocks is how I spent part of yesterday. About a yard and a half of lava rock filled with dirt I salvaged off a job.

I bought a small roll (2'x5') of 1/2" wire mesh and cut that in half (2'x2'6"). Built a 24"x30" 2x4 box and stapled the mesh to the bottom of that, offsetting the two layers for a finer screen.

I set the box on saw horses with the wheelbarrow next to that. A few shovels into the box, rinse then dump into the wheelbarrow. I went through that pile in no time.

It was a slick little system I had other than my soaking wet feet.

Next time I'll wear me boots.
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I decided to just rake it over, and blow off what I could blow off. I will throw a new inch or so over top. Screw it, it's going to be a rental house. :D
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