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Project by MedicKen posted 02-11-2010 08:55 PM 2590 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not really a woodworking project yet. But there will be some wood added later.My wife and I have been wanting to build a new patio to the front of the house. I finally had a chance to get started on it the past week. It has been 4 yrs in the planning but with my procrastination it never got done. She is home on disability and I have taken some time off to be home and take care of her after a total knee replacement. The patio was 4 days in the making. I dug out about 6 inches of native soil and added 4 inches of compacted DG then 2 inches of sand and then the concrete pavers. The pavers were then compacted into the sand with a vibratory plate compactor and sand was swept into the top locking it all together. My back was KILLING me but I think the end result will last for years to come. In the coming weeks I will build a cover over the patio with heart redwood and add irrigation as well as low voltage lighting. Patio is approx 10×15. Rain gutters will also need to be installed as the rain, which we have a lot of recently, is washing the sand out of the joints. I would be interested in your comments. Thanks for looking.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#1 posted 02-11-2010 09:23 PM

Hey Ken, Now that you know how to lay pavers, you can do my job. 12’x50’.It’ only a little 100 mile drive one way. Great idea on my part huh?
Looks great. Give our best to Momma. Hope she is up and around and breaking in that new knee.
Can’t wait to see the finished job. I know it will be beautiful. Rand

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#2 posted 02-11-2010 09:40 PM

Put me in coach… need one of those patios to surround my hot tub!!! Had to wait for 3 years to get the septic tank decomissioned first and now have to wait for the approval from the boss (wife)... not looking forward to the back pains, but the end results are worth the pains… nice job on yours… good luck with the rest of the build…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#3 posted 02-11-2010 09:50 PM

Hey Ken looks good . You should have told us it was wood that would have had the questions flying.


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#4 posted 02-11-2010 10:01 PM

Nice job Ken. That really looks nice. I can’t wait to see it finished.

That is not as easy as you make it sound. Not for me anyway. I tried to lay pavers years ago and ended up getting frustrated and had a concrete patio poured.

Last year I did do a little 4’ x 10’ section of pavers to put our trash cans on. It wasn’t so frustrating that time. I guess I must have learned something since the first time.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#5 posted 02-12-2010 04:06 AM

Thanks for the comments. I have found that I dont like working in, on or below ground anymore. Ya get too dirty and the back really aches as I get older. The main challenge for me on this was getting the patio to slope in 2 directions away from the house. Before the patio was in when it would rain, like that ever happens here, it would fill up like a small swimming pool. I guess I learned a little by reading up and watching some of the shows on tv. I did manage to get about a 1/4 bubble drop in 2 directions and all the water runs off and nothing is left standing against the foundation. Hopefully in a few weeks I can get some lumber delivered and get it covered before summer hits and its 110 degrees. By the way, the house faces west, so it gets pinded in the morning and early afternoon with direct sunlight. Its get HOT out there. I might also install a mister system to help cool it off.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#6 posted 02-12-2010 06:06 AM

It’s looking good…............Great job so far, can’t wait to see the finished job!


-- Robin Renee'

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#7 posted 02-12-2010 12:08 PM

Ken, Looking good, speedy recovery to the Mrs. Talk to you soon.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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