Mar. 31st, 2008

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Well, actually it took two weekends, one of which was part of spring break, one of which was after. Anyway. My very capable friends Shanna and Andrew decided that my backyard was a disgrace and needed to be fixed. So, we built a concrete paver patio. It is approximately 250 square feet of paved backyard fun. It required measuring, selecting pavers, digging, gravelling, compacting, and laying in of pavers and planters. Of those, I only knew how to do the first two before two weekends ago. Andrew laughed at me when I first tried shoveling to dig up the base of the patio. Shanna, as a fellow short girl, but as a person who apparently once apprenticed with a stonemason, taught me proper shovelling technique. I learned real skills!

While I may not have had any manual labor skills, I will say that my calculations were not very far off. I needed to return 10 pavers, buy 10 more blocks, and would've had just the right amount of sand if the Home Depot guy hadn't talked me down in my sand purchasing.

Anyway. Pictures )

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