Well, the digger man's been and gone and done a great job. Dug down about 8", took up the pear tree and a few others towards the back of the garden.
He moved all the soil to the side...
....which he then moved to the back of the garden creating a raised area which will eventually have a summer house sitting on decking. And all for £120!! Result.
The plan is to have about 4" of hardcore, DPM, steel mesh and 4" of concrete. Bit of advice needed now. I have many blocks measuring 18" x 8" (maximum) and about 1.5" thick. Can I lay these down as hardcore as they are with a thinnish layer of type 1 on top, or do they need to be broken? They break up fairly easy. The soil underneath is pretty solid and compacted down and reasonably level. Bearing in mind my car isn't that heavy I thought this might be the way to go. Advice please. Cheers!
That's a clean looking rod, no wonder you need somewhere to store it!
The hardcore really needs breaking up and ideally going over with a wacker plate, then you need to blind it off with sand to get a level surface and stop the DPM getting punctured
That's what I've read on the 'net, but you get so many different views. Probably a bit of wishful thinking that I could get away with it but that looks like the best way to go. Oh well, better eat some more weetabix! Cheers!
My son has just fitted some 600 x 600 led panel lights in his workshop, the light output is superb.
On the strength of your comment, and the lack of headroom in my new workshop, I purchased a panel, TBH I was sceptical but I'm impressed with the 30w panel, so is the missus, as its over the washing machine in the garage,
Atmo V8 Power . No slicks , No gas + No bits missing . Doing it in style. Austin A35van, very different------- but still doing it in style, going to be a funmoble
Started putting the hardcore down this morning. Bit more breaking down to do. The 18" x 8" slabs I mentioned earlier break up really easy so that's a bonus. Hopefully get the shuttering done over the weekend and then whack down the hardcore.
Hi Gary, Neil here, eventually!! For blinding off and levelling before you whacker base, best to get big bag of type1 which has an open grading and won't disappear into the voids in the hardcore like sand. The dpm can then go straight over the top. If you get the right stuff it's really thick and then shouldn't puncture.
Made up the shuttering from the 2 x 4 timber we salvaged when we replaced the roof on the shed in the background. All nice and level and square, corner to corner. Added about 2" of medium sized hardcore that was dug up last week. Told you this was a budget build!
Had the type 1 delivered yesterday. This is going in today at about 2" thick ready to be compacted down.
Type 1 compacted down nicely leaving about 4" for the concrete. DPM and steel mesh cut to size and laid. According to the concrete company I need around 1.8 metres at £160 + vat per metre which I think is pretty reasonable.