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The spouse decided since I was on "vacation" this long holiday weekend it would be a good time to build the flagstone patio we wanted. The previous owners of this house had pieces of slate buried randomly around the yard and we have been digging it up for two years!

We have a 16'x16' dirt area we use as our "fire pit" that will eventually be our patio. Our yard is also very unlevel, so I decided we could use some of the dirt we have to remove from the patio area to fill a rather nasty dip. That will involve raising the steps and platform that lead to the back yard one more step, about 7". I framed that part in yesterday while the spouse was at work.

Fortunately our oldest son brought a skid steer from his work today to help us dig out the area. there were some issues getting it into the back yard and he ended up having to drag the bucket in behind the tractor through the narrow access. This means we will still have to hand shovel and wheel barrow in the 3 yards of 3/4" gravel and 2 yards of sand that is now residing on our front lawn.
But we got the patio area dug out and leveled today with the proper 1/4' per foot slope for drainage. Our yard is on a hill that sloped about 3/4" per foot so we had to lower one end and actually work on an upwards slope toward the front to get the proper pitch. We got the framework in place but I won't tell you what the spouse did to my BRAND NEW Bosch sliding compound saw. I will say I have a new Makita 80 tooth blade and I need a new fence. One cut, all I asked was do ONE CUT. It was partly my fault as I was standing beside the saw NOT paying attention. I have the shrapnel in my chin as a reminder.

Here are some pictures of our progress so far. You can see the grandkids came along and brought some "heavy equipment" to help out. Tomorrow we will be bringing in the fill. With luck we will have the stone laid on Monday and the patio finished!
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Deb,

I'm mighty sorry to hear about your new saw; I know it means a lot to you but I'm even more sorry to hear that you got hurt! Are you OK?

You're making great progress on that patio!!

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Thanks Jim, I am fine. I felt the metal splinters hit me, and no saftey glasses on at the time because I wasn't the one cutting, (no excuse!), I am just glad it was my chin and not my eyes. There was a little blood which got me some sympathy. :P
Spouse was unscathed thank goodness except for feeling like a total jerk for wrecking my prized saw..lol. Took the carbide tips right off the blade.
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Deb this is a great project, It remind me of our patio. I made it out of ...and you will like this one Canadian Flagstone . Some very tough stuff I actually spent several summer doing it
I'LL see if can find some pic's to send. Glad that you are alright.

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Deb, what are you doing? Letting him use your good tools. I thought you said he had some old tools of his own, some junk tools????????????????
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Great job so far !
Now i know why i don,t let anyone use my tools

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I had been running back and forth to the garage all day to cut wood. (Wheeling the saw to the back yard would have been the SMART thing to do.) I had just pounded two 2 foot stakes into the ground with a 10 pound sledge so I asked nicely, could you just go make that ONE miter cut for me? I blame the sun and the heat and dehydration. (not enough beer!) About a minute later I thought I better go check an make sure everything goes ok. But of course I got to the garage, the saw was all set to go, (so I thought) and I turned my head to look for another stake I had cut.. the saw started and by the time I looked back and yelled STOP... it was too late Because I was facing the saw at that point I got the splinters thrown back at me. So like I said my fault too for not paying attention. I should have checked the set up like I recommended everyone do in my review.
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WOW Deb, I wish I had half of your energy and ambition. That is a pretty good size undertaking, but will sure be a nice addition when finished. Sorry to hear about the saw mishap and glad all turned out well with no real damage to either your or the spouse.

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It was another full day in the back yard. Once again lady luck smiled on us and the eldset son showed up with a different bucket loader that would fit though the side access. It was SO much easier then hauling all that stone and sand in by hand! Just moving it around and levelling it was hard enough in the heat (about 28C today). We had a couple of other folks drop by and lend a hand as well which REALLY made the work go fast. And of course, the grandkids and pets had to lend a hand as well.
We got the dirt bed levelled and packed.
We got the weed barrier in.
We got the gravel in, levelled and packed.
We got the sand in, levelled and packed.
I spray painted an outline of the patio in the grass so we could do a mock layout of the stone. There is still a small pile of stone left but we realized we are NOT going to have enough. Everything will be closed tomorrow, so this may not get finished until Tuesday now. I sure hope the rain holds off.
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