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    Best way to lay edging

    Hi, I’m mulling over the best way of laying clay paver edging at the perimeter of my garden (by the fence). I will be laying decorative gravel with a stabilisation grid and want the edging to restrain the gravel. Can I lay the edging on concrete which is laid directly on top of the soil or do I...
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    Cedar Corner bench Advice

    Yes you’re both right. I am going to find some thicker cross supports. I think what is required is a section with high moment of area if I remember back to my engineering days. A long time ago! I think the main issue is that the length wise battens, as drawn, will have a span of around 570mm...
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    Cedar Corner bench Advice

    Thanks for your input. Are you talking aobut something like this? I personally prefer the longitudinal type arrangement visually but agree this would be much stronger. I was trying to replicate a corner bench I found on contemporary fencing website. See below. I will have to buy some more...
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    Cedar Corner bench Advice

    Hi everyone, I'm planning to make a corner bench out of cedar like the one in the picture. I have a lot of spare cedar (18mm x 44mm section) from another project which I can use for the slats. I'm now looking into how I will assemble it. Cedar is very soft and I want a sturdy bench so I'm...
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    Cedar screening - I've hit a problem, can anyone help?

    I do but after a long think I’m actually I’m going to stick with Option 1. It will pain me for a few weeks but I’ll get over it. I can shorten the frames to accommodate the shortest screen and then just allow the larger ones to hang over by up to 10mm. No big deal. No one (except me!) will...
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    Cedar screening - I've hit a problem, can anyone help?

    Hi everyone, I'm ticking along with the garden landscaping and now starting to make up the cedar panels for the screen/pergola thing (See sketchup image).... I used a number of 150x150mm oak posts and made a frame that sits on the insides of the posts (See photo). The cedar battens are 44mm...
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    Levelling garden - what to do by the fence

    Hi! Yes, it’s Sketchup and I use the free version. It’s brilliant and easy to use. I’ve modelled the whole build using it. Can’t recommend enough.
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    Levelling garden - what to do by the fence

    Yes I think I will just get some gravel boards. Most of the gap will be behind the pizza oven anyway.
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    Levelling garden - what to do by the fence

    Hi everyone, I’ve levelled my garden by creating a small retaining wall between an upper and lower level - see pic. I will need to dig down about 20 cm from the current ground level by the wall on the lower section in order to level it. I’m then planning to gravel the bottom area up to the...
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    How best to bond new concrete to existing?

    Hi, I have some posts which I have concreted into the ground and I want to form a more decorative top so that soil will not be in contact with the post and water will run away. See the photo. Basically the blue part will be new concrete and I need to bond it to the bass already there. Any...
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    Cutting cedar battens

    No me neither. It was because I was looking at which blade came with the saw. I've seen some much more reasonably priced wood blades now on other sites
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    Cutting cedar battens

    Making up screens that will hopefully look like this...
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    Cutting cedar battens

    Hi! I'm having some cedar battens delivered tomorrow and will be starting to make the panels shortly. I have an Evolution 255DB+ compound mitre saw which has worked well for me so far. I currently have multipurpose blade that came with the saw on it. Do you think I should buy a fine wood...
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    Soil and waste removal

    Haha, yes good question. Well it's been a while. I'm a DIY'er with no prior building experience. Youtube (and forums) are my friend. The project started during covid when I left lots of time and not so much money. Not even enough to get a digger in so it's all been dug by 1 hand! I've planned...
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    Soil and waste removal

    Thanks! Yes I have managed to get rid of 50+ bags of soil already but I'm really looking for a way of getting rid of a lot of it in one go and I will have about 6.5m³ of soil once I excavate the area in yellow.
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    Soil and waste removal

    Hi everyone, I’m currently mid garden redevelopment and I have a fair amount of waste (bagged soil), wood, concrete, general garden waste (see photo). I am soon to start excavating the area shown by the yellow boundary and am looking for micro diggers and dumpers etc. what is the best way to...
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    Low voltage lighting for the garden

    Hi everyone, I’m starting to think about designing lighting for my garden. I’ve considered a mains powered system however I like the idea of being able to install myself and to be able to add to it in the future. I’m now considering a low voltage lighting system with elements of it plugged into...
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    Western Red Cedar Battens

    Hi scbk, I’m in North Hampshire. Well Surrey/Hampshire border. Thanks for your ideas, yes I have considered other timber. I just can’t find anything that compares as the rivalry to the cedar and I’ve now got that in my mind.
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    Western Red Cedar Battens

    Hi! I'm looking to get buy some red cedar battens 18mm x 44mm x 1830mm. What I am trying to achieve is shown in the pic. As ever there seems to be lots of different suppliers and it is very expensive but I'm happy to pay fofr the finish/longevity/looks. I was wondering whether anyone can...
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    Outdoor Fixing for Green Oak

    Yes, I’ve now corrected my previous post and added some pictures.
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