The first thing that needs to be done is to prep the area that will be the patio. Measure out the area outlining with stakes. Measure down from the bottom of your doorway 7 1/2″ and make a mark on the siding. This will be the top of your patio. You will need 10″ from that mark for gravel and concrete. If you have significantly more than that, you will have to add steps in 7 1/2″ increments. This will be explained in a different how-to article. Once you have established your height, pound a stake into the ground at the height you just established.
When buying material for any home improvement project it is important for you to take the time to shop around. You need to make sure that you are getting the best price that you possibly can and that something is not overpriced at the store. You can typically comparison shop online.
Be aware of the weather. If you get to the point where you have just poured the new layer of concrete and suddenly the clouds break open with hard rain, you may not be happy with the final result. A thunderstorm does not help the process at all. Only begin if the forecast calls for sunny skies all day.
I already knew where this angry energy was coming from; the nightmare of being molested, raped and abused from early childhood. But how to safely let it out? I paced restlessly in my backyard, then picked up an empty flowerpot and threw it against the concrete patio cost cost. The sound of it breaking was very satisfying to me, so I picked up another and repeated the process.
Now remove the sod and excavate inside the marked area. You’ll need to go down to a depth of seven inches in all. Try to keep the bottom flat, and the sides as vertical as possible. The finished patio needs to slope away from the house at a rate of 1/4 inch per 12 feet, so take this into account as you excavate.
If you want your concrete patio cost to have a nice smooth finish, you will want to use a metal trowel. If you prefer to add just a bit of roughness to prevent slipping, go over the cement gently with a broom. This will offer just a bit of texture.
You must keep a careful eye as if the concrete sets up too much it will become unworkable for finishing. As soon as a finger leaves a dent in the surface when lightly touched, use he edger tool and place a nice smooth rounded edge on the exterior of the patio. Using the center line tool with creates a double edge crease, place a dividing line in the center of the twenty foot dimension, making two ten by ten foot squares. This is done to control any cracks that may develop later.
Now Dianne is walking down the patio, ready to meet her groom Jayson. I introduced Dianne to Jayson two years ago. It was sort of a peace offering. Phil and I had met Diane at a friends’ house and felt she would be perfect for Jayson. I guess she was. Now we are at their wedding. The ceremony is short, but feels like an eternity. As they repeat their vows, “till death do we part” is not included, indicative of Jayson’s non-committal lifestyle. He is fifty and getting married for the first time.