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Gazebo Deck and Path

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Aug 22, 2008

Last week it was like I won the lottery when I got the email from a member of one of our local Freecycle groups saying that I could have his extra bricks from his new house. He had a skid and a half of extra bricks. Builders didn’t want them and he just wasn’t getting around to using the bricks and so he passed them along to someone else—me!

Rick and I didn’t take the whole lot. I think we got about 500 new bricks. All it cost us was our manual labour and the gas for the 4 trips (2 there and 2 back – all an hour each).

Rick decided that since it was “Debbie” who wanted the bricks then it was Debbie who was going to have to put them down. DOH….
1) I’m not a perfectionist so my ‘good’ job was a long way from great
2) I had really no idea what I was doing, and
3) I had no idea what I really wanted.

So. First things first, I “needed” a raised area in front of the gazebo as the first step was too much for my 80 year old Mom. With that down I had more than enough to do the walkway from the house.
I might have enough still to complete the path to the gazebo but I’m not sure about that and I don’t want to pull up the cement pieces I have down already and then have to re-lay them after I run out of bricks. So I’m holding off.

When I was completed laying down the layer of sand and then placing the bricks in place, Rick made a wood barrier to run along the deck and one side of the walkway. This should keep things sturdy enough until the bricks settle.

It’s not perfect but it is nice!

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada



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PaBull

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posted 2201 days ago

What a great story, we need more stories like this on this site!

Debbie, you did an absolute beautiful job laying these bricks. You took care of you mom first, that is very nice of you! And from my house it looks you got it as close to plump as you could have done it.

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Dan Lyke

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posted 2201 days ago

Grins! Looking good!

And, yeah, I love Freecycle, both because lots of stuff that we no longer need goes to good homes, and because we’ve gotten some good stuff.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2201 days ago

when I told Rick that I got selected to get some bricks he just rolled his eyes. “How many,” he asked, “are they new ones or old?....what colour are they..?”
I don’t know, was the answer. We just got some free bricks!

And then he saw them. I did good! :)

(and thanks for the compliments, guys!)

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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jroot

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posted 2201 days ago

Lookin’ good.

Being that they are regular bricks, will they disintegrate if “in the ground” during our winter? I know that the solid ones are good for our winter, but really don’t know about the regular bricks.

-- jroot

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PaBull

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posted 2201 days ago

What is this with Rick rolling his eyes. He should be proud of you.

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2201 days ago

Not sure John.
We’ll just have to wait and see.

Rick was rolling his eyes because it was really hot and humid with threads of storms and he isn’t fully convinced in the “free” stuff yet. :)
(even though we’ve gotten some great stuff)

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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tenontim

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posted 2200 days ago

Very nice project, Deb. Looks like a segment from one of the DIY programs. Nice basket weave pattern. I would think bricks would work good in the snow country, since they can move with the ground. Thanks for the post.

-- Tim

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2200 days ago

I’ll be holding my breath all winter now… hoping they survive.
But if they don’t, then I’ll have a “crushed brick” path in my yard.

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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PaBull

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posted 2200 days ago

You guys with your snow problems….....here in So California all we worry about is :do we need to put on long or short pants this morning.

I remember the days back in Holland, snow, ice, having to empty the waterlines or the frost will bust them.

I am with Tim, looking very nice!!! And the is nothing like “free”.

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2200 days ago

long or short pants… that’s our August weather.. starts out chilly and needing pants and by mid morning you’re sweating and needing shorts!

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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PaBull

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posted 2200 days ago

Right now my wife would not let me sleep under sheets, too hot.

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2200 days ago

last night’s sleep was horrific.
I woke up at about 1 AM and I was drenched in sweat and couldn’t breathe.
Went downstairs and it wasn’t much better.
Should have went out to the trailer but I was afraid the mosquitoes would carry me away before I got inside!

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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MRTRIM

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posted 2199 days ago

great looking project deb

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2199 days ago

thanks :)

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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posted 2198 days ago

Looks real nice Debbie!

Are you going to sweep some sand over the bricks to seal the cracks?

-- ** Dick, & Barb Cain *************** http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Chipncut

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2197 days ago

that was the plan. I’ll probably get to that next week.

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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PaBull

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posted 2197 days ago

Good eye, Dick, you must have done paving before.

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MsDebbieP

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posted 1971 days ago

just an update—the bricks did not disintegrate over the winter.

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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jroot

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posted 1968 days ago

That’s great news, MsDebbieP. I am very happy for you, as I believe I was the one who was wondering if they would disintegrate. Well done. Looks good.

-- jroot

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MsDebbieP

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posted 1968 days ago

thanks :)
I’m very happy that it survived the season.

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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