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dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 20 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

yep, that the wall seems fairly stable for the last few years is good

2.5m is a big drop for an edge

pro advice on site could start with "could you have a look and give me a price for a formal confirmation of what you tell me over a cuppa(or still product) and plans that folk can understand and enact?"

i have done a few on instinct and a few from plans, all have worked afaik

even two that look the same can be very different

i do feel rather bad about creating a plot very similar to your garden but that one was not my contract beyond put this stuff over there.
at least it is just a slightly wonky bit of tarmac to park 6 cars

50 tons or so of construction spoil did give quite a bit of extra flat before the slope(a bigger/steeper/further uphill slope than your one)

i did pull off that site after a couple of weeks for a lot of good reasons, see concrete remedial wall for the huge gable end and springs through clay that i mentioned above, i did that(and i was very robust about making sure it was done as it had to be done and it was not of my making) and went




your garden has a similar style to that parking area

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 20 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



Will I run out of paths or gravel or membrane first?

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 20 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

very nice, the mutt looks pleased

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 20 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



reverse view

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 20 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Looks very nice. You have done a lot of work there and must be pleased with what you have achieved.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 20 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

that bit is nice,
if you have a few more slabs under the feet of the seats would be good for stability and not spiking through the membrane

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 20 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



Getting pretty low on gravel now. But just enough to complete I think.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 20 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

looking good, the gravel might be a bit loose at the mo, it will settle naturally with footfall weather etc, a light spreading of sand and watering in with a hose can speed that up quite a bit

a slight aside but there are plants that are really nice in gravel*, looks, smell, not slippery etc
they wear off in the heavy footfall parts and make a nice "carpet" in the untrodden bits

*alpines, some herbs and some dry mountain plants might be options

the advantages of gravel paths and herby lawns in combo have a lot to recommend them for both look/charm, stability and usefulness
never waste a space that can be more productive and pleasant and functional at a small cost in seeds or labour

the right plants will just get on with it

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 20 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



We have some chives in at the end, but generally I like the idea of potted stuff and other bits that can be rearranged to keep things looking fresh.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 20 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

thyme is a good one

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 20 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Smells lovely when you walk on it too, and pretty flowers too.

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A bit more progress including a new workshop light to replace a bust florescent.
holes about 1m down, but needs to be bigger.
Been reading about "cold joints" and so long as we manage each barrow load of concrete in 30 mins we should be ok

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 20 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

30 min turnover for each mixer load and barrowed transport and poking is plausible

how many cycles of that are required?

with a biggish stand mixer 1cuM is about 10 mixes and depending on landscape maybe 20 barrows to shift it from mixer to use

slopes and wet concrete in a barrow are "fun"

1 cuM is less than 5 mins pumping from a giant roadside mixer

for big post holes or even cosmetic wall footings by hand might be ok, a significant size of pour for a retaining wall structure might get messy both in terms of evenness of mixes, reinforcing and timing them to give a decent strength and the physical effort to do it, especially in a slopy landscape

the last big pour i did was a floor, about 3 cuM in the slab pour, the materials were very close and the mixer could be poured in through the kitchen door.

i had 2 inexperienced but enthusiastic and fit mixers, it took about 4 hours and was horrible hard work

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 20 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



Have a load of 10mm rebar on order. I figure driven in the base and sides of the trench it will make things pretty stable. Bear in mind we are talking an awful lot of rubble.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 20 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

if you can use a big crowbar or similar to make holes bigger than the rebar in the bottom of your pit and drive the bar into them the concrete will form small piles round the bars making it stronger and longer lasting

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