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14-04-2019, 12:53 PM
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Have started a new project, laying a patio, we have a bit of raised garden that is already a seating place, although seldom used, a few slabs laid amongst gravel, weve decided to relay this area but to make a proper patio, the slabs are coming Tuesday and we started to remove the old slabs ( to be reused somewhere), weve marked out and began to dig out the soil to refill with hardcore , mrs p said we could use the soil around the garden, ( which was better than her idea of filling our trousers and distributing around the park opposite, great escape style ), it soon became clear that we would run out of garden before we did soil, so will be ordering a mini skip tomorrow, my back is hurting already
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14-04-2019, 01:27 PM
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I'll bet it is, I wanted a patio bit in our back garden for the table and chairs to sit on along with a few tubs. What should have been a couple of days work turned into almost ten days, two skips, massive expense and a very grumpy other half.
I wish you luck with it..
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14-04-2019, 04:18 PM
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I'll bet it is, I wanted a patio bit in our back garden for the table and chairs to sit on along with a few tubs. What should have been a couple of days work turned into almost ten days, two skips, massive expense and a very grumpy other half.
I wish you luck with it..
Oo er, I plan on 2/3 days at most...
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15-04-2019, 05:21 AM
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So funny Primus I'm buying topsoil just as you are chucking yours....keeps the economy going I suppose
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15-04-2019, 06:48 AM
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Sounds like you are going to be busy, Primus.
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15-04-2019, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Primus1 ->
Have started a new project, laying a patio, we have a bit of raised garden that is already a seating place, although seldom used, a few slabs laid amongst gravel, weve decided to relay this area but to make a proper patio, the slabs are coming Tuesday and we started to remove the old slabs ( to be reused somewhere), weve marked out and began to dig out the soil to refill with hardcore , mrs p said we could use the soil around the garden, ( which was better than her idea of filling our trousers and distributing around the park opposite, great escape style ), it soon became clear that we would run out of garden before we did soil, so will be ordering a mini skip tomorrow, my back is hurting already

Those skips can be darn expensive,Primus ,..I love a project like yours,maybe you can post some pics,...I have decking myself,..but wished I had gone for a patio area,with steps leading up to the patio door,..the reason being,...decking is so hard to keep clean,plus you have to be careful what you place on it,as it can rot the wood,...
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15-04-2019, 12:43 PM
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Skip came this morning, 110 for a mini skip
Still its the right decision wed never get rid of all the soil, dug most of it out already, just stopped for my 1/2hour break, mrs p likes to crack the whip Im aching already, and Ive got a blister
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16-04-2019, 10:17 AM
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Getting the slabs level and even with each other I always find the hardest bit. No matter how level the sand on the hard core base, when you lay the slabs down one bit always seems to sink lower than the other.
the last one I did was for our greenhouse floor. Ok it was only 8 slabs two of which I cut in half to make the right size base. even those needed several checks to get them right



This is what I started with and got rid of



took out about 50 bags like this believe it or not.



So I know exactly the amount of work needed for your project
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16-04-2019, 11:51 AM
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The slabs and sand/cement came this morning...Ive a funny feeling were going to need more...
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16-04-2019, 12:20 PM
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The slabs and sand/cement came this morning...Ive a funny feeling were going to need more...
You always need more whatever the job is.
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