October 28, 2009
We did it! We made our own patio—under Roger's careful instruction, of course—and with family and friends pitching in to help. It was a perfect fall day for work outdoors, and I think we all enjoyed the camaraderie, the crisp air, and the satisfaction of a job well done.
First, we had to determine the size and shape of the patio. With our small, sloped yard, we had to consider the proportions of the space and also the grade. Next, Roger came up with a herringbone pattern that was easy to lay and didn't require us to cut too many pavers.
Then came the dust storm! Once the pattern was laid, we swept on plenty of sand. Roger showed me how to use a tamping machine to make sure the pavers were solid and even, and that the crevices were full of sand.
It was a lot to accomplish in one day, but many hands make light work. Thank you, everyone, for helping out. I know we will be enjoying this patio together for many years to come.
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The house looks great so far! I've enjoyed watching the Webcam and watching the episodes on T.V. of course. I can't wait to see the finished product! Thanks for keeping the viewers posted via the blog.
Just prior to the patio install was the small back porch using solid mahogany for the flooring. There's no excuse for promoting use of such a rare wood species for this purpose. This is clearly as case of TOH bowing to the commercial pressures of the show sponsors to sell more of their product. Too bad this fine show has stooped to the level of all the other DIY entertainment shows on cable. Shame on you.
Looks like nice work! It's always nice when you don't have to cut too many pavers. Most of the jobs we do require a little too much cutting. Looks like that paver patio turned out well.
I've been looking for the fasteners that you used on the decking to fasten the planks to the joists, but haven't been abel to find them anywhere. Simpsons has no idea what it is I'm talking about! I helped build a deck earlier this year with the "Tiger Claw" products and found them to be worthless mostly, and I'm putting in a new deck in the spring when things thaw, so any help with the locating of the hidden deck fastener that was used on the back mahogany deck would be welcomed. Thank you.
The paver patio looks very nice. However I must make a comment. Roger did not install the plastic edging correctly. The edging should be placed on the compacted base and not the sand. See http://www.pavetech.com/paveedge/edge.shtm
Soo,I see by the date that I asked the last time that over a MONTH is not enough time to get an answer to what I thought would be a very, VERY simple answer. I guess no one really reads these boards and have no care as to helping out those who have seen something that would work wonderfully on their own projects, by sharing what they have already found. It's really frustrating to know that this happens, especially when it's pertaining to such a well recognized show that is supposed to be aimed at "HELPING" viewers. You direct people here and then, nothing, no info about the products shown on your shows and definately no help on said products. Thanks, Thanks so much for destroying much of your credibility.
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