Looking to build a loose gravel and slate path in my backyard by lifting some recently laid sod and pouring gravel. Also want to press it down to keep it in place?
Any ideas on materials, underlayments and how to would be appreciated
You should use some sort of border to keep the stones in place. Pressure treated 4x4's or 6x6's work well. Or you can pour a concrete curb. Or even use stones set in concrete. A suggestion here is to keep the final height of this at the height of your lawn so the mower can ride right on top of it to keep you from having to trim along it.
Under the gravel (and I assume you mean crushed stone?) you should put a landscaping cloth down. It is a black fine mesh that allows water to pass through but not weeds, grass etc.
Use a board to keep all the slates level... removing or adding material underneath to keep the tops of the slate even to prevent a tripping hazard.
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Is there anything out there that could be put over concrete that would look like flagstone.
Yes there are many styles of fake stone or even stone molds to make your own shapes available. Look in the yellow pages under concrete shapes or block suppliers to find one in your area.
Brick Pavers - sand blasting
I am looking for a company that is able to sandblast names etc. on brick pavers. I am aware of the engraved bricks, but am curious about other options. Any ideas?
As you mentioned, you could have the pavers sandblasted while using a "stonecutter's tape" to mask off the area you don't want removed. You could also look for a company that does waterjet cutting. If you take two pavers of contrasting colors, they can be cut with tolerances that will allow the opposite color stone to be slipped inside the cutout area of the first paver. This process is used to produce intricate inlays of expensive marble or granite floor designs.
I want to lay a brick border down a portion of my property line to define the property line as well as to help water drainage. The brick would only have to rise about two inches above the ground. I've never done any of this kind of work. Any suggestions?
Brick set on end make a nice decorative border you can set them at an angle for a sawtooth effect or just stand them straight up. The most permanent way to place them is in concrete. They will stay fairly stable if like you say they only rise above the ground 2" just laid in the sod.
I would like to know the way professionals deal with brick ribbon in walkways. Is the ribbon set in a footing and the slabs poured afterwards? I am looking for the "proper" sequence in doing ribbon with slabs. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.Either way is acceptable I personally like to use Styrofoam to block out where the brick will be placed and lay the brick after the slab is poured. Thicken the slab where the blockout is to give the brick a footing. This will save cleaning the concrete splatter off the brick and you do not have to hurry with the brick placement.
I have a solid, stable concrete back patio that I would like to put a mortar or concrete overlay approximately 1/2" thick and use a stamping tool to create my design. Can I use either substance that thin and avoid cracks?
I would have to say no. All concrete has a natural tendency to crack. You could anticipate cracking along the pattern. If you increase the thickness of the concrete, rough up the existing slab and use a latex bonding agent painted onto the existing slab you may get away with reducing the amount of cracking. You should also seal the concrete with a clear sealant before the winter sets in. This will help prevent ice from expanding any micro cracks.
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