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Old 09-20-2010, 01:42 PM   #136
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I'm probably a little more than half done with the mortar now and I'm pretty happy with the result so far The pictures are a tad on the dark side, but when I'm done with it, I will take a few good shots and maybe an HDR shot of it.




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Old 09-20-2010, 03:05 PM   #137
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When are you going to light a fire in it?
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:51 PM   #138
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It was quite bit sunnier when I took the same pic...take a look.
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:46 PM   #139
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When are you going to light a fire in it?
Probably this weekend or the next. My parents would like to come down and be there for the first fire so it'll be on a weekend that they're able to make it down.

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It was quite bit sunnier when I took the same pic...take a look.
lol, did someone tweak the exposure setting in iPhoto??
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:30 PM   #140
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Here was my first attempt at the walking path:


I mainly just wanted to lay the stones along what the path will be to get an idea of how wide I can make the path and how tight together I can place the stones. It was real hard to tell with them all scattered but now I have a pretty good idea on what I'm working with.

I'm thinkin I'll end up with the same shape, but it will be a bit wider towards the deck steps and more uniform width through the entire walkway instead of starting narrown and getting really wide.

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Old 09-23-2010, 09:21 PM   #141
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FINALLY! I'm done! But you will all have to wait on the pics
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:22 PM   #142
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Okay, we've waited an hour. That's long enough.

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Looking forward to seeing them.
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:51 PM   #143
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Yup, I'm ready to see it now.
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...it's not like we're waiting for an airplane you know...that I can understand waiting a few hours or even days. C'mon, c'mon...give already!
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lol I havnt taken them yet. I'm going to borrow a nice camera and try to get a few better shots than I'm able with my dinky point and shoot. I'll have some up this weekend.
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I couldn't resist and took some pics on my lunch break :D







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Later today or tomorrow, I think I'll probably go through the receipts that I had and what I remember that I purchased and tally it all up so others that might want to try this can know what to expect for cost.
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Looks great! I think if it were me, I'd remove the sod under each of the stepping stone so it would be a nice snug fit. That way it would be easier to take the mower over and you'd have less of a chance to twist an ankle. But, it would be a ton of work.
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Looks great! I think if it were me, I'd remove the sod under each of the stepping stone so it would be a nice snug fit. That way it would be easier to take the mower over and you'd have less of a chance to twist an ankle. But, it would be a ton of work.
I'm actually going to shuffle the stepping stones around a bit. I just placed them that way to get an idea of how much material I had left for making the path (how wide I could make it and how tightly together I could lay them). Before, they were just scattered around and I had no idea if I would even have enough to make a path. I'm told if I just leave them where I want them, they'll settle enough to be almost flush with the ground as you were saying.
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Pic #6 roflmao

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If you let the stones sit where they are for a while they'll kill the grass underneath. In the spring you can lift them and dig out only the dead grass, put some stones and sand in there for drainage and you'll be good to go.

If you leave them, yes they'll eventually sink down to the level of the grass. But they'll continue sinking and your grass will start moving in over the edges.

That looks really nice with the path going to the deck like that.

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