RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

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Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

Post: # 291322Post Green Aura
Fri May 25, 2018 8:16 am

...or the membrane rots, as in our case (we didn't realise there were different grades and went for cheap as we were covering a fairly large area) - which, in retrospect, may have been a good things. The weeds tend to be very shallow rooted though and pull up easily.

We wanted the grid/gravel system to provide stability for parking cars and I must say it's done its job admirably, for a bit of recycled plastic and MOT mixture. We've had friends stay on it in their caravan and others in a camper and it taken the weight without a murmur. Not bad for an area that was completely useless for anything but growing grass due to the high winds that rage up the side of the house several times a year.
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Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

Post: # 291383Post RenewableCandy
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:11 pm

Well, I fully admit the 'less-than-a-week' thing has gone for a burton but there now remains just 1/2 a tonne, ie the job's 90% done and my back hasn't complained.

Neigbour-lad says he'll investigate hiring a tamper-thingie and I've offered a fee for doing that bit of the work.

Meanwhile here's some good 'shovelling'-music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv9TwAOCMQ0
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Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

Post: # 291449Post RenewableCandy
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:45 pm

FINISHED!

Well, the shovelling of hardcore is over, at least.

Now all that remains is the wacking AND THEN... two more tonnes, but this time of nice round gravel which by all accounts is far easier to shovel than hardcore.

I've raked it all out to nearly-flat and the rotten-est wood's going away bit-by-bit in our ordinary dustbin every fortnight.

The whole enterprise is working along very much the same lines, I now realise, as the olde Chinese tale "The Foolish Old Man Who Moved The Mountain."
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Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

Post: # 291451Post Flo
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:26 pm

You only know how good an idea something is when you get involved in the hard labour is my maxim. Glad to hear the work progresses mind.

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Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

Post: # 291452Post Skippy
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:51 pm

Let's hope the weather stays decent after all that shovelling so you can enjoy it all.
The "nice round gravel" you mention , I do hope you have ordered the 10mm rather than the 20mm. The larger is cheaper and really is meant to be used in concrete but because it's cheaper a lot of people go for it. It makes for a poorer gravelled area than does the 10mm , harder to walk on and much harder to push or pull something like a lawnmower across it as I know from experience. I have jobs where I have to "deal" with both sizes and the larger size causes me the most trouble.

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