Want to make a side walk and extend sitting area in backyard.

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Posted by: from Brampton
5/29/2012 at 2:08:08 PM

I would like to make a side walk going from front to backyard, I already have few 1.5' X 1.5' concrete slabs.

I want to know how to do that in cheapest way possible?

My neighbor did similar thing, they bought gravel stones poured it and placed slabs on top. But I would like to know correct way of doing it.

Also where can I get all the material I might need at a good price?

I also want to do same thing in backyard and extend the sitting area and need advice on that too.

Thanks for your anticipated replies.



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Spencer from All Home Repair in St Thomas
Date/Time5/29/2012 at 3:59:34 PM

Hi Vish

Installing concrete stones is all about a good foundation,leveling and grading

Your first step will involve determining the placement location of the slabs.Lay this area out exactly using stakes and string.Measure the square footage of this area.

Now you must remove all soil down to a depth that will be the thickness of the slabs plus one inch for leveling sand and 4-6

inches for gravel foundation bed.Remove all this material from the work site completely as it will be be needed again. .

Order 3/4 " gravel and leveling sand for the square footage of your project to make the required depth.

Put the 3/4 gravel into the area to be used and roughly level it with a rake.Save some of the gravel for leveling.

Rent a tamping machine and tamp the whole area down.

Get a level and add the remaining gravel to hand level everything.This is a on your hands and knees job. Do the whole area until everything is level.Use a long 2x4 to make sure there are no long low or high spots.

Use the tamping machine again and tamp it all down again.Re check the level.

Just cover the gravel with the sand.Get everything very flat and level using sand as you go.Tamp it down as you go using a hand tamper.Build it up until it is all very flat and level.Make sure you allow the depth of the slabs as you finish.

Install the slabs,leveling each one as you install them.You will need a diamond cutting wheel to make any needed cuts to the slabs.

Good luck with your project

Spencer Taylor All Home Repair

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Vish in Brampton
Date/Time5/29/2012 at 4:39:32 PM

Thanks a lot Spencer.

Your comment is very informative.

Once again thanks for the time.

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Gaby from Amg Renovation in Hearst
Date/Time5/29/2012 at 5:46:02 PM


My name is Gabriel,

Certified Contractor and Inspector,

What spencer said is all right, but one thing to add over the sand is a black tarp which water goes true but weed will not grow under your slab and between them, you must know what I meen right? anyway you dont have to but its all worth it in the summer time, you dont have to use the weed eater between those slab its another way to do it, but spencer said the rest all right.

Good job spencer.

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Date/Time5/29/2012 at 10:39:30 PM

Spencer and Gabriel are both right but to add one thing, After you are done laying the patio stones you

you need to get polymetric jointing sand and spread it over the whole area to fill in the cracks between the stones, sweep it off and water it down. The sand dries like cement to secure the stones and prevent them from moving, it is a special sand just for this purpose and it also prevents weeds and ants from coming up through.


Peter at RealEyez Designz Custom Renovations.

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Gaby from Amg Renovation in Hearst
Date/Time5/30/2012 at 7:45:03 AM


Gabriel here,

Thanks peter, I thought it was already said but very nice remark he realy need to do that. have fun with your project its a fun one to do especialy if you want to include the hole family in it, (Carry small buquet of sand, spread the sand kids realy like to do that).

Anywayyyyyy have fun, if you have more questions we are here for you.

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Vish in Brampton
Date/Time5/30/2012 at 9:53:29 AM

Thanks for your replies guys.

Really appreciate it.

Any idea how much would it cost me for the material (gravel, sand and other material which I might need)?

Where is the good place to buy it? I might need just few KG, so is it a good idea to buy it from Rona or Home depot or should I go see a gravel supplier?

Finally, what would be the best option to dispose of the soil which comes out? I don't have any space in backyard I can just throw the soil. Do I need to buy a small bin or gravel company can help me?

Looking forward to hear from you all.

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Gaby from Amg Renovation in Hearst
Date/Time5/30/2012 at 4:55:55 PM

Hi vish,

Gabriel here,

Really its now imposible for us to tel you a ball park because we dont have any sq.ft and every sand dealer as different price on there product but ask your local rona or others and go see a sand dealer with sq.ft and you will be on the ball with that.

Good luck.

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Vish in Brampton
Date/Time5/30/2012 at 5:27:42 PM

The area is around 200 Sq. Ft. I might dig around 4" so around 266 Sq ft.

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Date/Time6/2/2012 at 8:00:19 AM

Save some money and headaches, call a landscaper.

Get it done right or get upset later.

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Date/Time6/2/2012 at 5:41:06 PM

Well your neighbor had the right idea, you should dig a path, use a weed guard of your choosing then apply your gravel. Now once you have the gravel in you could water it down to make a more dense material, then level it so when appling your stone there is least amount of adjustment needed. This will ensure a cost effective way for a path and padio that will be around for awhile. There is always more of less effort you can apply to any job but cost,and results always will weigh in the balance.

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