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This e-book bargains readers the preferred patio and walkway designs entire with step by step, full-color picture directions. The initiatives are reasonable but on-trend and hugely important, as they elevate condo worth and residing house. With 1000's of sorts of brick and stone now to be had, it's by no means been more uncomplicated to construct a dream patio—saving hundreds of thousands of bucks within the approach.
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Connect the stakes with mason's string and use a line level to check for leve l. Dig out the bottom of the excavation below ground level Line the excavation with strips of landscape fabric cut 3 so it is 6" lower than the height of the block. For example, if you use 6"-thick block, dig down 12". Measure down from the string to make sure the bottom base is level. ft. longer than the planned height of the wall. Make sure all seams overlap by at least 6" . 52 • COMPLETE GUlDE TO PATIOS & WALKWAYS Spread a 6"-layer of compactable gravel over the bottom of the excavation as a subbase and pack it thoroughly.
Apply construction adhesive to the top course of block, then lay the cap block. Follow the stone manufacturer's instructions for adhesive use. Use topsoil to fill in behind the wall and to fill in the base at the front of the wall. Install sod or plants, as desired . 54 • COMPLETE GUlDE TO PATIOS & WALKWAYS I How to Add a Curve to an Interlocking Block Retaining Wall Outline the curve by first driving a stake at each end and then driving another stake at the point where lines extended from the first stakes would form a right angle.
Most blocks have roughly textured faces. You'll need standard blocks, corner blocks, and cap stones. Due to the structural factors involved, the recommended height limit for do-it-yourself retaining walls is three feet. Anything higher is best left to a professional. Retaining walls of any size may be governed by the local building code; contact your city's building department to learn about construction specifications and permit requirements. Tools & Materials Excavation tools Mason's string Line level Tape measure Hand tamper Plate compactor Circular saw with masonry blade Maul Chisel Level Stakes Professional-grade landscape fabric Shaping Your Site with Retaining Walls Shown here are two methods of reshaping the same natural slope.
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