Saturday, July 18, 2009

The new patio

We finally got our back patio done. Jane and I took up the old blocks on the last day of June. Then Les and I formed it up July 3rd; and put the wire down and set up the mixer on the 9th. We finally poured the concrete on July 14. We used Les's concrete mixer (the beast), and it almost did me in. Meredith ran the mixer, Matt poured concrete in the wheelbarrow for an hour and a half before he had to leave, Les did all the leveling, troweling and detail work, and lucky me got to shovel somewhere between 4.5 and 5 ton of rock. First I shoveled it into the yellow buckets, and then I'd put 5 buckets and a half bag of mix in the mixer for each load. It's been a long time since I've done any kind of work like that. I had trouble standing upright the next day, and my hands still hurt, but it will be worth it. We haven't decided for sure where to put everything yet, and we need some color (maybe some flower pots, and a firepot thingy). It's almost like adding a room to the house though. Here are some pics of the old, and now the new 12x24 patio...

3 comments:

Joan B. said...

Looks great! And there's a reason most of us try so hard to have jobs that DON'T involve that kind of hard labor! Hope you're doing OK now.

Larry Geiger said...

Deck I say! Treated 2X6s and deck screws. Concrete is just too much work.

Fortunately for you, it looks like you have a pretty good concrete finisher friend. That last picture looks really nice.

dan horwedel said...

Thanks Joan.

Larry,
A deck actually was the first thought, but it would have cost about 10 times what pouring the concrete ourselves did. It turned out pretty nice though.