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    started a few weeks ago but had to slow down to let the building dept catch up. I am doing a 42 inch corner build with a countertop to the right. I had a back hoe dig out the hole to about 42 inches, had a concrete truck deliver two yards and wheel barrowed it from the driveway to the back, took about 45 minutes for a buddy and myself with my wife and son working the trowel. About the same cost as 70 bags and a lot less work. I have mortared the block and reinforce the cores with cement and rebar. Thats my bocce court and patio that I built in the background.

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    Off-topic, but what is the surface of the bocce court? I like to play, but the game sure has an element of randomness when playing on a grass lawn.
    -David

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      its stone dust now, I plan to use har-tru - which is a "clay" tennis court material but have not gotten around to it. Under the 2 inches of stone dust is 8 inches of compacted pack and then 8 inches of 5/8 clean gravel - needless to say it drains well. I will post some shots if folks don't mind the off topic. also failed to mention, the best way to keep your footings from drying to quick it to get 6 inches of rain the night after the pour

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        Hey - a bit off topic, but what size did you make your Bocce Court?

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        • #5
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          I agree, give us more details about the Bocce Court!
          Mike - Saginaw, MI

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            I posted the bocce info and pics under the general building and construction section. My court is 60 by 11 and if I had to do it again I would go to at least 72 because 60 is a little short for good players

            Here is the link for those who don't normally venture to that part of the site

            http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f39/...uild-7629.html
            Last edited by tifosi; 08-19-2009, 05:25 PM.

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            • #7
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              Finally got the inspector out today, he was fine with the footings so I am good to start filling the hole back in. After that I plan to do the paver patio first and then finally can start to work on the hearth

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                In that one pic it looks like you were building a see ment pond

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                  yeah, it was a bad rain storm a few weeks back, my house got hit by lightning the same night

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                  • #10
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                    Finally made some more progress, I was able to back fill the foundation and finish the last course of block. Unfortunately I need to complete the paver patio before starting on the hearth slab

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                      Looks like you've been busy,, keep up the good work

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                      • #12
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                        seems like its taking me forever but with work, kids and other projects I guess its coming along - slowly but surely

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                          Originally posted by tifosi View Post
                          Unfortunately I need to complete the paver patio before starting on the hearth slab
                          I suggest not doing that. You will spend way too much time covering/cleaning your paver's when you pour the hearth. I had my hearth poured and my island brick work done before I installed the paver's - it was still a pain when I built the oven. Any drop of a portland product will stain them (unless you select gray).

                          Just my thoughts.

                          Les...
                          Check out my pictures here:
                          http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

                          If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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                            I second Les' suggestion. Keeping my pavers clean during construction has been a real pain!
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                              Hey Tifosi,

                              Slowly but surely is so much better than not at all,, Are your kids old enough to help yet ? My daughter is 17 and actually enjoyed helping me do the stucco on the domes and walls...

                              Mark

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