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    Quote Originally Posted by Sullyute View Post
    Can i ask why you cut the pavers on the one end instead of finishing with a full paver? Either way, looks great. What is your plan for the spot?

    Edit: after looking closer at the picture it looks like the angle just kind of dictated it for those last few bricks. How do you keep those skinny pavers from moving? Did you use an epoxy?
    Yeah, the angle wasn't exactly square. Well, it was square at one corner (I made sure of that) but didn't realize that the edges would bend a bit. I was already part way done laying the pavers when I noticed and it wasn't bad so I just figured I'd cut those ones as well. The plan was to only have to cut on two sides. I should have used string from the square corner to ensure two completely square sides, but that would have looked a bit funny since my fence isn't exactly square either. I only had to cut 4-5 more pavers so not a big issue.

    so far the little pavers are holding up on the sides. There is a stiff plastic barrier they run up against. The pavers are 2 3/8 inches tall and the plastic barrier goes up about 1 to 1.5 inches, so hopefully over time it continues to hold well. There also won't be much traffic in that area. I'm going to build a small storage shed for my lawn mower, wheel barrow and some other random lawn tools and I suspect the rest of the area will just be a dumping ground for other random backyard stuff.

    It really does look good. The height turned out perfectly. It does slope towards the fence, which it should but there is not sinking or bulging in the middle so I'm happy with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    Yeah, the angle wasn't exactly square. Well, it was square at one corner (I made sure of that) but didn't realize that the edges would bend a bit. I was already part way done laying the pavers when I noticed and it wasn't bad so I just figured I'd cut those ones as well. The plan was to only have to cut on two sides. I should have used string from the square corner to ensure two completely square sides, but that would have looked a bit funny since my fence isn't exactly square either. I only had to cut 4-5 more pavers so not a big issue.

    so far the little pavers are holding up on the sides. There is a stiff plastic barrier they run up against. The pavers are 2 3/8 inches tall and the plastic barrier goes up about 1 to 1.5 inches, so hopefully over time it continues to hold well. There also won't be much traffic in that area. I'm going to build a small storage shed for my lawn mower, wheel barrow and some other random lawn tools and I suspect the rest of the area will just be a dumping ground for other random backyard stuff.

    It really does look good. The height turned out perfectly. It does slope towards the fence, which it should but there is not sinking or bulging in the middle so I'm happy with that.
    I'm thinking of adding pavers to make a walk way on the side of my house. How difficult was it? Why did it take a month to do that relatively small space?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    Spent the better part of this past month clearing out a section of my side yard and laying pavers. I'll do the other side of the walkway next, but wanted to first see if I could do it before putting more in. So far, I'm very happy with it.




    The section I had to clear was next to a pine tree stump. I had to clear it with a pickaxe since every inch had roots. It took me at least 5 hours to just clear it and dig up the roots. I also found two sprinkler lines (easy to fix when so much area is cleared) and cut through all 6 sprinkler wires
    Looks like you did it yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    I'm thinking of adding pavers to make a walk way on the side of my house. How difficult was it? Why did it take a month to do that relatively small space?
    It's was my lack of time and the tree roots. I'm busy most Saturday's and Sunday's so I would work on it on week nights when I had time. Also, the tee roots turned what would be an easy, 2 hour excavation, into a long and difficult process. I was pulling out branch sized roots every couple inches.

    I also gave the paver base some time to settle. I compacted it but gave it a week or two for it to settle and then recompacted it.
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    Looks sharp.
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    how deep did you go with the sand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    how deep did you go with the sand?
    The sand is 1 inch...although it might be closer to 3/4 inches in some places. Under the sand is anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of paver base. Most guides call for 2 to 6 inches of paver base depending on what the area will be used for. The heavier the traffic, the deeper the base needs to be....sometime going even deeper for vehicle traffic. The pavers are 2 3/8 inches tall, so that means at a minimum I dug out about 5.5 inches.

    My biggest concern is drainage. I probably should have put in more paver base, but the area is sloped enough that I don't think it'll be an issue...plus I'll cover half of it with a shed so even in the crazy Texas rains the drainage should be okay. I do need to finish up grading the area a bit to have any water drain down and then away into the front yard where there are french drains.

    My next projects are:
    - Install an astronomical light switch for the front porch lights (I saw this on This Old House and though it was the coolest thing so I bought one that night)
    - Install a Rachio wifi enabled sprinkler controller. I've never had good rain sensors on any system and with our crazy rains and watering seasons in Texas I find it difficult to manually adjust stuff every so often. This will help in that I can adjust it from anywhere using my phone or computer. Very excited about this as well
    - Build a shed
    - Build built-in bookshelves and desk in my study
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    Bravo. I am impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comprar View Post
    Bravo. I am impressed.
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    Barnaic progress. Time for painting.
    Wife approves of the classic barn red test.

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    Neighbor's friendly likes to hang out on the driveway for some reason. He's always welcome for a visit.
    He sleeps in the barn a lot as well, which saves me on rodent traps.

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    My wife found out she's related to Jack Black.

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    Almost done. One more coat of red, then paint the trim white.

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    Trim painted, and rain gutters up and functional.

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    I'm not particularly good with building things. I started a project a week or so ago. Trying to install a new shoe storage bench in the entry from the garage. The spot is L-shaped - about 50" long and 30" deep. I framed the top shelf with 2x3s and the lower two shelves with 2x2s. I'll secure the back of the shelves to the studs in the wall and have 2x3 vertical supports on either end. The top shelf and sides will be encased with a 1x12 board. The lower shelves just have a couple 2x2s spanning the middle.

    The main issues I'm dealing with now are as follows:

    - I have a lot of sanding to do
    - I have a lot of staining or painting to do
    - The wall has molding at the base that I don't want to remove, so I'll probably have to put a notch into the bottom corner of each of the 1x12 boards on the sides.
    - I need a vertical support at the front junction of the "L" to make sure this thing can hold up to someone like me sitting on it. Probably need to pick up some metal plates so I can attach a 2x2 or 2x3 between each shelf and down to the floor.

    I'll try to remember to take some pictures and post them so you all can help me turn this into something not too embarrassing.
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    Doors/windows for the barn.
    These are the windows for the side. The doors will be identical in design and color palette.

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    Dutch door top of first stall door up.
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    And I already had a bottle in my nightstand!

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    Both doors up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Doors/windows for the barn.
    These are the windows for the side. The doors will be identical in design and color palette.

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    Is that an iCabinet?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Doors/windows for the barn.
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    Rain gutters on a barn? Is there also a flat screen TV in the barn for the horse?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    Is that an iCabinet?


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    Sliding doors for the front entrance to the barn.
    Will go on sliding tracks.
    Pressure treated frame, joined with biscuits. Plywood backed, edges caulked and 5 coats of paint.
    Was going to use pressure treated fencing rails for the back (like I did on the stall doors), but it would have been too heavy. Bummer, because I don't like this nearly as much...

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    Using National Hardware box rail galvanized for the door. Need double rails because both doors need to slide towards the window, and there isn't enough room for both. The double rail hangers seem waaaaaaaay too expensive.. ouch. And you need them every 2 feet...
    I strapped the doors to the barn because I was gone for a few days and didnt' want to chance strong winds tipping them over..

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    Got one door up before it got totally dark.
    It was a bitch, but I got the door hung all by myself. I wont be able to walk tomorrow, but I did it my way. The other door should be up by sundown tomorrow.

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    great work
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    Quote Originally Posted by FN Phat View Post
    great work
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    Brian, that barn is awesome. I will always be jealous of people like you who can build like professionals. Been waiting to see the final pics. Have you put the second door on yet?

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    This past weekend I got the large door up on the storage section of the barn. Hay, outdoor tools, ZTR mower will all live here.
    My old push mower lives there as well (and can be seen in the second photo). I use it to mow on the other side of the fences to keep the brush back, etc.

    When I put on the exterior, I added a 2x6 above the door for the mounting of the rail.

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    The door is really heavy. Used my trusty green dolly to move it from the garage. Managed to pull a muscle in my back.

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    Next step is getting the electric and water into the barn.
    The builder let me use his backhoe to dig a trench for conduit and water from the house to the barn.
    I can do the water, but I'm not touching the electric. Having a dude come over soon to make that connection live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    This past weekend I got the large door up on the storage section of the barn. Hay, outdoor tools, ZTR mower will all live here.
    My old push mower lives there as well (and can be seen in the second photo). I use it to mow on the other side of the fences to keep the brush back, etc.

    When I put on the exterior, I added a 2x6 above the door for the mounting of the rail.

    rails.jpg

    The door is really heavy. Used my trusty green dolly to move it from the garage. Managed to pull a muscle in my back.

    door_0.jpg

    door_1.jpg

    Next step is getting the electric and water into the barn.
    The builder let me use his backhoe to dig a trench for conduit and water from the house to the barn.
    I can do the water, but I'm not touching the electric. Having a dude come over soon to make that connection live.
    That barn looks bigger than most of the homes from my mission. And with electricity and running water, it will have more conveniences than some of them, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Next step is getting the electric and water into the barn.
    The builder let me use his backhoe to dig a trench for conduit and water from the house to the barn.
    I can do the water, but I'm not touching the electric. Having a dude come over soon to make that connection live.
    I am the other way around... I will do electrical any day but won't touch plumbing. In fact, I just wired up a 200 amp transfer switch for a generator last month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    I am the other way around... I will do electrical any day but won't touch plumbing. In fact, I just wired up a 200 amp transfer switch for a generator last month.
    I dont do any supply side plumbing that is behind a wall or under the ground. I want to have somebody else with an insurance policy involved for under pressure stuff. Basic electrical is ok, but for something like Brian is talking about, time to call the pros.
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    Now that the evenings are cold and dark, I'm going to switch to some indoor projects and start with putting in some extra pantry storage in the space under the stairs.

    Anyone have anything that has worked well in the past?

    I'm planning on doing some rotating dealios for canned goods, and some shelving for other items. Beyond that, trying to find some clever ways to use space.
    Anyone tried this before? Ideas, good or bad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Now that the evenings are cold and dark, I'm going to switch to some indoor projects and start with putting in some extra pantry storage in the space under the stairs.

    Anyone have anything that has worked well in the past?

    I'm planning on doing some rotating dealios for canned goods, and some shelving for other items. Beyond that, trying to find some clever ways to use space.
    Anyone tried this before? Ideas, good or bad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Now that the evenings are cold and dark, I'm going to switch to some indoor projects and start with putting in some extra pantry storage in the space under the stairs.

    Anyone have anything that has worked well in the past?

    I'm planning on doing some rotating dealios for canned goods, and some shelving for other items. Beyond that, trying to find some clever ways to use space.
    Anyone tried this before? Ideas, good or bad?
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