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Decide what SIZE circle you want. Do the math. 360 degrees in a circle divided by the angle of cut = number of stones If you leave the wide side full-size, 9.75 x number of stones = circumference in inches inches / 12 circumference in feet circumference / Pi (3.1415...) = diameter. A 1 degree cut will get you a circle (technically a polygon) of 360 ...

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I'm in the process of sifting gravel out of my backyard where I want a garden and by far, the absolutely best way to sift gravel out, is with a hardware mesh slide. This method was an upgrade from the box with a hardware mesh bottom that I would shake back and forth to separate the rocks from the dirt. The biggest advantage of the slide over the box, is ...

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I had to do the same thing when I moved into my new house a few years back. However, I used outside help but can tell you the sequence and steps. Get a detailed design together as to what you want the yard to look like. This includes all drainage, electrical, gas lines and irrigation I don't know if you need to get approval or permits but that would be ...

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The ground looks very compacted, so first step would be to aerate and loosen the surface. Some easy tips here: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/improving-compacted-soil.htm Is the block wall around the perimeter of the yard retaining any soil behind it or is it there for security/screening. If it is retaining I would do some ...

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A linear brick wall is strong in compression but resists lateral forces poorly. The serpentine wall attempts to overcome that with its curvature so that it provides as much strength as a linear two brick wall but uses far fewer bricks to build. However that strength comes at a cost in that the convex portions of the wall are strong, but the concave portions ...

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This is a dry stone wall that has been built without mortar or a poured concrete foundation. The site has several challenges: the area above the wall slopes so any rain or runoff water will go down the slope into the wall there are trees adjacent to the wall whose roots will grow the stone is irregular the frost line in your area is around three to four ...

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You don't need a concrete foundation for a small wall. You can make a dry stone wall. There are ones like this that last hundreds of years with the odd bit of maintenance. Even in areas where it the temperature ranges from -40 to +30 deg C a wall can be stable with some preparation: a two or three inch base of compacted stone dust some longer stones to ...

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Honestly, due to the slope and the fact that building rock walls is a learned skill, I would recommend you hire someone to do it right. I have seen some amazing craftsmanship in a rock wall that was built just this past summer in the old school fashion of just fitting the rocks together so they stay put.

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Another option is simply to build a wall out of foundation block and concrete, and then veneer the face and cap off the top of the wall. You can point up the veneer cleanly so you can hide all the mortar joints and it appears to be a dry laid wall, but this takes practice. It is a stable option though and will hold the weight and pressure of the bed.

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When you say 'retaining' wall, that means there will be soil or something behind the wall, being supported/held up by this wall you want to build. If that's correct, then I'm afraid its not as simple as you've laid out in your question. A retaining wall has to take a fair amount of weight and needs to be very solid and stable, so will need foundations, below ...

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The easiest way I see would be to dig a DRY WELL. Right where that water is pooling dig a sizeable hole; 6X4', and line the hole with landscape fabric, then fill with drain rock, cover with landscape fabric keeping the top level with the bottom of the walkway you are making, delineate your walkway with pt 2X4's staked (top of 2X4's level with walkway gravel ...

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Examine as best you can how the city sidewalk was laid, and what depth of foundation layer was created. You will be looking for several inches of coarse aggregate which will allow the water to pass under the sidewalk if necessary. If you don't see it, for example concrete path on bare dirt, then maybe a chat with your local public works department is in ...

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I'm not a mason, but my general inclination is that a single row of bricks without some reinforcement (rebar through brick at regular intervals) wouldn't be strong enough. I realize they are curved which does give the wall a certain type of structure (I forget what it's called), but I think there's also load issue (perhaps thinking of it as torque helps). ...

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Yes, a Crinkle Crankle Serpentine wall that has no other job to do such as hold back soil and is only 15-18" high, has a decent foundation of compacted gravel and a foot deep concrete foundation and the units are mortared together will be able to support human weight...you won't need to double it at all unless you actually want people to be comfortable, have ...

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If the concrete is all broken and moving around, you can't secure your deck to it. You haven't said whether your deck is going to be raised off the ground quite high (in which case, securing the foundations properly is critical) or as close to the ground as possible, but the other problem with cracked concrete is weed growth coming through, and that will ...

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Something to mention that has possibly not been considered... not all manufactured stones are intended for fire pits. Many of the concrete-based pavers used in driveways applications will "pop" and/or explode under prolonged exposure to heat (as within a firepit). This is in part because they are reelatively pourous and will "absorb" moisture and water. they ...

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There are concrete grid and grass systems, if it's the plastic you don't like. This page claims that porous asphalt systems stand up to freezing better than normal asphalt, and stand up to salt better than concrete systems. This is a rather more in-depth review of various systems and maintenance issues, with one reult being a suggestion that regular ...

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If you have a crate with small enough holes in the bottom, you could shovel the dirt and rocks into the crate, then sift the dirt out. It does get dusty though.

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Throughout Northern Europe, Scandinavia and Great Britain the go-to paving solution for drastic weather variations is a combination of porphyry and a mortar called GftK. Porphyry (ancient greco-roman for "purple") is a tough and beautiful, naturally occurring cousin of granite. If you have been to Europe or South America and have seen the cobbled streets, ...

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Super question, T.! And I am so impressed you've got an inspector and have not purchased this home yet. This is a great way to get a better deal AND get the owner who is very interested to sell to FIX THIS before you have to deal with, well, truly a deal breaker. Did your inspector look at the supporting lumber for dry rot? Wet rot, grins? This garage, ...

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Two critical factors are sun/shade and soil type. I have a long driveway to my place with some areas in sun, some in shade and mostly sand and sandy loam soil. In shady places traffic wears the surface to bare soil, with mossy occasional grass growing between the tire tracks, so nothing survives. In sunny parts the natural invasion of quack/couch grass (...

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Because you don't have particularly cold winters, you actually have lots of options for growing grass within/through pavers: Grass block pavers That article actually references a Bay Area site; it also gives examples of different types of pavers and instructions on installing them - the underlayment is not soil, but a pretty typical paver base. This UK ...

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Fairly simple is to use EPDM pool liner. It is non toxic, stable, very tough and can be cut to size. You can usually buy it off the roll at hardware supply or pond shops. The height of the strip should cover the mortar and the area where it meets the brick at the least. Keep in mind that rainwater will splash dirt onto the bricks so you might want to mulch ...

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Plantago genus, common name plantain (not the banana) grows as a weed on roads and can be driven over.

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I'm assuming that the flower bed faces south. To use the bed with in-ground plants, you would have to build a wall inside it, so that that house-side of the wall is 6" from the siding (for airflow & weeding). This would be a large pain in the butt. I don't know the dimensions, but the bed seems large enough for one or two large containers. If it's 4 ft x ...

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Yes you are right the mix was bad. That and the application was bad. Adhering cement to cement is much like welding iron to iron. If done correctly the joint is actually stronger than the material being joined. What most likely happened here was a combination of cheap mortar, poor mixing and improper application techniques. You don't need a contractor to ...

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I don't know if it would support the weight of a number of people, or even one, (though I suspect not) but it's unlikely to be an issue, because anyone perching on it won't stay there long, it'd be far too uncomfortable. Most dual purpose low walls are built wide enough to take a 9 inch flat paving slab on top (though they can be wider than that), on top of ...

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You HAVE to tell us how you built this wall. Dry stack REAL rock is to die for. Do NOT cheapen what you have done with some...lame cap. What have you been looking at for garden wall caps? There are premade concrete wall caps that are 2'X 1'X 2" thick. Is this what you've cost? That wall is priceless, if you've not done proper drainage and foundation ...

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If your trench or excavated areas are in widths suitable for a bobcat bucket (48" - 60" depending on the model) then rent one of those for a day. More fun than you can imagine and good for moving any bulk item in quantity. Otherwise it is hand dig time. A good wheelbarrow and dump bin located close to the work area are time and labour savers. When ...

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