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29 August 2016 @ 04:55 pm
Building a path  
Sometime after we moved in, they paved our walk. In the middle of the walk was a drain. The walk sank and the drain was floating above the path and was less than useful. We also have a low point in our driveway, so I decided the best way to remedy this was to get someone to dig up the asphault walk and for me to dig out the drain, replace it with a lower one and replace the walk with pavers.

This became a WHOLE lot more expensive than I had imagined. But I got it done, and while I was sore and discouraged, so far it seems to have come out well enough. Time will tell if I've bad the base stable enough and if the issue where the walk is now a little low compared to the stairs will be annoying.

I learned there is this new cool paver base stuff that saved me digging out and laying down 4-5" of rock base. I also tried using the polymetric sand for the joints. I'm also really happy with the stones I choose even though they were quite expensive and I was forced to buy way more than I needed. Getting the curve was harder than I had imagined to, but I did get away with not having to make any cuts. I did chip of one corner to fill a hole.

chenoamegchenoameg on August 29th, 2016 09:34 pm (UTC)
You did a gorgeous job!
Jadiajadia on August 30th, 2016 12:08 am (UTC)

That looks awesome!

kelkyag: cookieskelkyag on August 30th, 2016 05:48 am (UTC)
Nice curve, indeed! That looks like a ton of work -- possibly literally, between the stones and paver base and sand.
eub on August 30th, 2016 08:52 am (UTC)
That looks great. I think you'll be pleasantly conscious of your work every day you walk over it.
sauergeeksauergeek on August 30th, 2016 12:02 pm (UTC)
Lovely work!
blkblk on August 30th, 2016 02:38 pm (UTC)
That looks fantastic!
Nathannathanw on August 31st, 2016 03:05 am (UTC)
Ooh, that does look nice.

Our patio was done with polymeric sand, and it's been.... ok. But there are a lot of different kinds, and it's quite likely that the person who did ours didn't pick a good one.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on August 31st, 2016 03:07 am (UTC)
What have been the issues?
Nathannathanw on August 31st, 2016 03:09 am (UTC)
Mostly, the ants chew through it with abandon. Our patio has dozens and dozens of little anthills made out of polymeric sand debris. This is probably not great for the long-term stability or weed resistance of the stuff.