Monday, January 20, 2014
Patio Part 4: The End
We still need more dirt to finish the patio transition, but that will have to wait until either next weekend, or the next payday. Overall, though, we both like how it came out, and despite what we see as glaring errors, it really is fine. The few spare pavers will be stored in the garage, and the polymeric sand and extra unused supplies will go back to Lowes for a refund.
We learned a lot during this project, and it went more smoothly than I thought it would. There are things we would do differently, were we to start over. But on the whole, I am pleased.
First: Don't believe the coverage area listed for the paver base. It isn't 2 cu.ft. but is much more like 1 cu.ft.
Second: Set your stakes and string lines first. Then measure your depth necessary and do your volume calculations.
Third: Think about which way you want to run your scree-pipes. It's doubly important if you are covering a slab as we did, since it is your main reference height and sets your slope, especially if your patio will be larger than the slab.
Fourth: The Gorilla Cart is totally worth the money! It easily saved us a full day's labor just in moving materials from the van to the patio.
Fifth: A Lesche digging tool is really helpful. It's thinner and flatter and stronger than the usual garden trowel. It costs a lot more, too.