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Old 07-11-2010, 08:38 PM   #46
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Grout is over 3/4 done now.

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Old 07-14-2010, 08:20 PM   #47
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Grout done. Next up, build retaining wall, fill with sand, and level.
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:28 PM   #48
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Did you get the tile around the top of it?
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Did you get the tile around the top of it?
No not yet. I've decided to use flagstone for the cap and I have to have that delivered. I figured I'd put up the retaining wall and fill with sand first so I know how much extra sand I need them to deliver when they deliver the flagstone.
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Old 07-17-2010, 03:56 PM   #50
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Putting some work in on this today, snapped this pic on my 'break'


Should be done with the trench for the retaining wall in the next hour or two and then I'm going to go pick up the edgers. I suppose I'll just pick up these kind from HD:http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-Ga...atalogId=10053

The patio will probably be level with the ground on the front side and on the back side, those edgers should only come out of the ground around 6-8". I'll lay the flagstone on top of these edgers so you only see them from the edge and not at all from on top of the patio.
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I got almost half of the retaining wall finished before I ran out of supplies. I'll pick up more tomorrow and continue on! Here are some pics:



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I've been itching to post something on your thread for awhile now. It's really coming along nicely.

When will the flagstone be delivered, any idea? And how long before you expect to be finished.

We're all as anxious as you are to see a fire in there!
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Thank you very much!
I plan on picking up the rest of the edgers I'm going to need tomorrow, and I'm thinking I can have the retaining wall done by wednesday but that will depend on the rain since we're supposed to be getting a lot of it this week. If I get it done wednesday, then I'll order the flagstone and more sand on thursday and they should have it delivered that day or the next. I'll probably take off work friday and spend the entire day on it.
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It's looking very nice eemichael83.

Before you put down the first layer of edgers, are you leveling the dirt first or is it only necessary to level the gravel? I thought about doing this for a raised flower bed in my yard, but have been intimidated by getting that first layer level.

Thanks for keeping us updated. Next time you're at the store, get the stuff to make S'mores - you'll be building a fire any time now.
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It's looking very nice eemichael83.

Before you put down the first layer of edgers, are you leveling the dirt first or is it only necessary to level the gravel? I thought about doing this for a raised flower bed in my yard, but have been intimidated by getting that first layer level.

Thanks for keeping us updated. Next time you're at the store, get the stuff to make S'mores - you'll be building a fire any time now.
I've been filling with dirt most of the way, then tamping that down to compact it, and then I put a thin layer of the paver gravel down to make it easier to level. The paver gravel is also supposed to help with drainage but I'm really not too worried about that. Also, I was a bit worried about getting the first layer level too, but the paver rock really makes it easy.
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OK, yesterday I was able to pick up some more edgers (all that would fit in my car without busting the suspension anyway ) but by the time I unloaded it all, it started pouring. Today, the rain held off, so I was able to get some more work in. Yet again, I ran out of material. I'll probably pick up the remaining edgers tomorrow on my lunch break that way I have all of tomorrow afternoon to finish. Here's todays progress:





Once I finish placing the edgers, I'm going to fill in the low spots as much as possible with the loose dirt and put down some of the landscape fabric. Then I'll use my 12" x 1/2" masonry bit to drill the seep hole in the pit wall and I've got some 1/2" PEX tubing that I'll run from the seep hole to the end of the retaining wall on the low side. I got the PEX tubing because it was much more flexible than the PVC and will prevent me from having to put an 'L' piece in. On top of that will go the sand, then the flagstone!
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Can I make a suggestion? Don't use the landscaping fabric.

Weeds still grow through it, but you can't pull them out because the roots are under the fabric and the plant/weed is above. It's a pain.

The stuff I used was from HD or Lowe's, so maybe a professional quality fabric wouldn't do that.

FWIW.
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I'm mainly using the fabric to keep the dirt/mud separate from the sand until I'm able to get all the flagstone down... that way if it rains again before I'm able to get it down, I wont have a mess. It will also serve to help hold the sand in and keep any grains of sand from washing through the cracks between edgers over time. I'm not worried about weeds... they'll have a very difficult time getting through 2" thick flagstone and mortar :D
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Can I make a suggestion? Don't use the landscaping fabric.

Weeds still grow through it, but you can't pull them out because the roots are under the fabric and the plant/weed is above. It's a pain.

The stuff I used was from HD or Lowe's, so maybe a professional quality fabric wouldn't do that.

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I don't know what kind of landscaping fabric you used Barb, but the stuff supplied out this way to the landscaping industry works like a charm. Lets water through and keeps weeds out.
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