new rear walkway afoot

Okay, so the puns aren’t great.

The new walkway from the rear of the house to the parking area is underway.  Floyd and I went to Lethbridge Landscape Supply for some gravel.  The guy there calculated how much we would need – 0.6 cubic yards.  We slowly drove back with 1.071 tonnes of ‘fractured road crush gravel’ loaded onto the trailer and shovelled it in, wheel barrow by wheel barrow, into the bed.

After reshaping the bed a little, we found it was too shallow.  The 2’x2′ concrete slabs weren’t level with the gazebo concrete.  We stole some gravel from another place until it was level.  The end result:

Next:  turning part of the gazebo into a walkway.

fence, concrete removal

Wouldn’t you know it – a piece of concrete is exactly the same place as a future fence post!  I bought a blade for cutting concrete ($55, Rona) and, with Floyd pouring water, cut it in line with the rest of the concrete.  This was my first time cutting concrete.

It wasn’t bad, but I now know to cut full-depth rather than just an inch deep at a time.  Why?  Cutting only an inch deep creates enormous heat on just the outer 1 inch of the blade causing warping.  Cutting at full-dept, heat is evenly distributed throughout the blade.