Weekend 3 of our patio project started out pretty ominously. When I got home Friday I was presented with the challenge of hauling 8,000 lbs of gravel back to the patio.
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Since you are supposed to compact only two inches of gravel at a time, I just needed to get half of it back there Friday night (so we could minimize the amount of time we had to rent the compactor on Saturday). Let me just say that this was an awful task ... I have never sweat so much in my entire life! Filling the wheelbarrow isn't too bad, its pushing and dumping the wheelbarrow that killed me. It took me 3 or 4 hours to move half of the gravel.
Saturday morning was better because Courtney was there. Courtney helped by spreading out the gravel after I dumped it, and she often came out front to help fill the wheelbarrow. My neighbor Mike also showed up for the last 5 loads- better than nothing I suppose :). The plate compactor ended up working badass and the gravel feels like concrete now. In the 20 hours that I worked on hauling gravel I managed to lose 7 pounds (from water I imagine).
Sunday morning I started working on the border around the patio. I decided to use 4x4s, mainly because I get off on overdoing things. After measuring, I notched the posts and then fastened them to the ground with 3/8 inch rebar driven 16 inches deep. I had to cut the rebar from 4 foot stock, and that presented it's own problems until I figured out a method.
I still have more border to do, but I can hopefully get that done this week, along with ordering the sand and getting that in. It's starting to look like something that will one day resemble a patio!
You can check our more pics here (along with a funny video of dogs humping). Sadly, my next weekend is a little hectic, so I don't know if I will get a lot done except for Sunday.