So my vision was taking up some flagstone that was haphazardly thrown down to create a walkway. It had become covered with weeds, mulch, and various other oddities. Then I thought we could make a crushed stone walk way from our current patio to the gate at the north end of our home. We had enough tumbled pavestone left over from our patio project in 2004 to use for a border. See where I am headed, heck we only need some paver edging and the crushed rock for the walkway. That would be a thirty foot walkway about five feet wide. Easy, peasy!
There was digging for an entire day, to only fill it back up with various other gravelish materials. An unanticipated 1/2 ton of road base to compact down before we laid the brick and stone. And, I stole some sand from the girls' sandbox, I thought I should use the year old stuff and buy them fresh sand for their sandbox next weekend.
Funny enough, I saw this as a one day project. It's Sunday night and we are 90% done. We need more rock, but can't buy it now, which happily puts us at a standstill. I'll call my one day project a two day and change project.
Can you say elbows are aching??? Yes, very random aches and pains to accompany my hard labor.
Here are the photos:
Exhibit A, The pitiful walkway, the inspiration for "anything" different:
Exhibit A part 2: Danger Zone, I mean walkway for the girls. EEK!
Day One: Clear out all debris, dig trench where walkway will be. 5ft x 30ft long. We have this jetting out concrete that can not be changed, so we had to make do and let it flow into the walkway. We could have curved the walkway, but that would have involved cutting bricks and trust me, cutting bricks is not fun. So concrete meanders into walkway, I'm ok with it!
Day Two: Aaah, remember that huge hole we dug yesterday, well today we get to fill it! We used roadbase to fill the hole. Creates a compacted surface, with the notion of cutting down on shifting rock in the walkway when it's completed.
Hand Tamping to compact the roadbase. In the foreground, cheap labor.
Ok, so we dug out all the fill, and we piled it up under our cottonwood tree. Now we have a ginormous mound of fill. Not sure what to do with it. Possibly Craigslist, only if hubby is around. Had one too many creepy Craigslist experiences. Added sand for the Pavestone. Pavestone must rest comfortably upon sand, they go together like PB&J.
Finale: Wonky Walkway. We met a point of frustration and decided to go with it. We didn't want to spend hours adjusting and leveling the sand/roadbase for the bricks. So it's a bit wonky on the sides where the Pavestones are, but I am so OK with it. Added Rainbow Chips from our local rock supply company. We still need about 1/2 ton more. That will be tomorrow.
I am content, now I need a nice shower to remove the layers of walkway grime, and a good night's sleep.