Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Driveway - Gravel - Estimate

2008
Wednesday, October 22

One of the projects I wanted done this year was to get a layer of nicer gravel over the driveway. Currently the driveway consists of the base gravel that has up to 2 inch rocks. This makes for a crapy walking surface as well as an awful surface to shovel and snow blow.

Today I was actual home sick, which worked out cause we had Jim come over and do an estimate for gravel. He's from the landscape company who had constructed our driveway and graded our front yard last year. We have a good relationship with them and next year they'll be grading our backyard. He said if all works out, we'll have it done in the beginning of November.

We're getting a gravel that is called "Crusher Run", decomposed limestone or DGA (dense grade aggregate). It's a compacting gravel that is used under paved roads. It compacts to almost a solid cement-like surface because of small gravel mixed with larger gravel.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pavestone Walkway - Done

2008
Sunday, October 19

Before getting to work today on finishing this years Pavestone project, we needed to get some more crushed limestone gravel. After that I got right to work. I finished laying the last Plaza Paver about 3pm or so. I started sweeping the sand in the joints just as my Mom pulled up for a surprise visit to lend a hand. She helped me sweep the rest in between the pavers.

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After we finished with the sand, she helped me removed the brick colored cinder blocks in the near by shrub bed and raise them up by adding more gravel. One of the things I'd like to happen before the snow hits is a finer coat of gravel on the driveway. The cider block height needs to be raised in anticipation for that.

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While I was at it, I also put our pumpkins out on display on our front step.
One we got from Tim's parents, the other was a gift from my manager John. I've got the coolest boss ever..... he surprised our team by having us carve pumpkins in the conference room. The whole office smelled like pumpkins :)

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pavestone Walkway - Started

2008
Saturday, October 18

We had 4 projects we wanted to complete this year. One was the was the deck, which is done the other 3 were landfill the backyard, more Pavestones and finer gravel for the driveway. The landfill in the backyard will have to wait, due to wetness and the other 2 we can do.

Last October we had started the Pavestone patio and walkway. This project will be ongoing as budget allows. For this year my goal was to complete the 10'x6' area in front of the window.

After getting fueled up on breakfast at my parents, we had gone to the Home Depot to pick up more Pavestone Plaza Stones. In order to make the Muster K pattern we need the Plaza Stone rectangle and square pavers. My Dad barrowed my brothers pickup truck to transport the stones.... all 225 of them. On our way back Tim and I picked up 4 buckets of crushed limestone as the base.

I got to work in the afternoon and completed about half of the area. I was moving along quite well. It was a beautiful day and I had taken advance of it until sunset.
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