Flagstone Deck and Retaining Wall

by John

After a couple of years debating what to with my back yard ans finding this site, I bought the DVD. Which inspired me to do it my self. My project had some concrete foundation under the porch and a larger section with only dirt. For the porch, I used about 1" thick flagstone and for the rest it varied from 2.5 to 3 inches. I didn't pour a concrete pad for the uncovered section. I figured if I used a thicker flagstone and laid only a few inches of concrete under the stone it should hold. I leveled the area to be covered with stone with sand and then just layed the stone on top while working the stone in the sand to get everything level. I then mixed concrete in my wheel barrel while laying and leveling the stone again after pouring a few inches of concrete. This proved to be pretty tough with out help because the batches of concrete would dry before I could make another if more concrete was needed. After it was all laid, I filled in between the stone pieces while a friend cleaned up the grout lines with water and sponges. The project took about a month with myself doing most of the work on the weekends and a few days in between. Its been a few years since I did the project and have only one crack from settling.

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looks great
by: David

Dear John,

First off, thanks for the pictures and I'm glad our DVD inspired you.

You project looks great and it's awesome that you did most of it alone. I bet you saved a lot of money by doing it yourself.

I'm going to put this in our newsletter for next month.

Thanks again!!!!


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