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Gammal uteplats blir ny

Old patio becomes new

Throw away soil!

The patio was laid 20 years ago from a variety of irregular marble slabs and rods. They are now in a stack and are to be driven to the tip.

The old tiles stacked

The old tiles stacked

The hedge full

Straight spade is best for clay

Soon finished digging

Tip #1: Get a good wheelbarrow! A load of dirt weighs about the same as a male African elephant, so after two flat tires I learned to only fill the wheelbarrow half full.
Tip No. 2. Do 50 sit-ups every morning! Your back needs your abs.
Tip No. 3: Look over your garden and plan where to put the soil! There is so much more soil when it comes up into the air. Understand it, whoever can. I emptied cart after cart into the hedge. So the one around our house.

Soon done

Time for the fiber cloth

Realized quite soon that the roll of fiber cloth would not be enough. Went and bought another one. It was windy and the canvas flapped like a sail before I found stones to anchor it with. Started with two loads, then I loaded gravel. It was fun, even in the rain

First load

A board helped

Goes away

Put a measuring wire

The pile is decreasing

The curbstones in place

Finally the load of stones and tiles arrived. I have been agonizing over the curbs and wondering how they will stay in place. Decided to put them there before I pad the gravel so that the gravel doesn't disappear into the flowerbed. But when I started to put the stones, it felt really good, they are heavy and will probably withstand the pressure from tiles and gravel.

Just getting started...

Heavy fine stones

Goes fast

It took two hours to get everyone in place

Stuffed and done!

Went to pick up stone flour on the gravel roof, but had borrowed a covered cart. It didn't work at all, the guy couldn't shovel gravel in it, so we had to go back home and change to an open one. Now we have stone flour and a toad and a saw. The man who rented out the toad said I should drive over six times, I drove eight. Soon it will be time to put the puzzle together!

The smallest toad

Solid stone saw. Pig heavy

Good with the rules

My own patent. Rebar behind

Big puzzle pieces!

Add puzzle

In three days we go on holiday and now I want to get everything ready. A little pressured the first day, to be honest completely exhausted. I looked at the tiles and thought I have to cut every single one! God...they will never be enough. Put two plates and went to bed. Damn, have I put in so much time, effort and money and it sucks when I'm almost there??? The next day I stopped thinking and just started. One at a time. I didn't have to cut a single plate, the best tool was the hammer. With it I shaped uneven corners and tapped along the sides. Safety glasses were needed because the chips were flying. After a day I had put over half. It was really immersive, time flew by and I forgot to eat. Another tool I used a lot was a small dustpan. I took sand with it and smoothed under the tiles. The rubber mallet was good at first to hear if it sounded hollow under the record, but later the fist was just as good. Now it feels good, I will be ready before we leave...and I have gravel left until we get home, then I will start laying new paths around the house...and the foundation for the greenhouse.

Dustpan, gloves, mallet, and hammer

Used the hammer the most

The fist went just as well

Couldn't have done it without the spirit level

Soon done!

The patio ready!

What I learned was that next time, don't rent a rock saw the first thing I do, but wait until the work has started. There weren't many tiles that needed sawing, and they can wait until the last day. Now it cost a pretty penny for the rent. In addition, I didn't have an extension cord for the saw, I hadn't thought of that and that the electricity would be so loaded that the plugs smoked all the time, it was also a surprise. But apart from that, it went surprisingly well. The stone flour in the joints needs time to settle, pebbles popped up on the tiles after rain which annoyed me and I went with the broom bent forward and swore, finally I considered pouring in fixed joint. But after a lot of advice from experienced stone workers, I poured joint sand instead and understand that I have to keep tinkering with it after every winter because everything moves on this earth. But I'm happy and satisfied and now it's just a matter of getting out the grill and setting the table for the garden party!

With joint sand. Clear!

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