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Laying a patio on top of a solid concrete base

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by mini30thphil, 22 Apr 2015.

  1. mini30thphil

    mini30thphil

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    Ladies and Gents,
    Please help me settle a long standing disagreement with my wife.

    What would you do when laying a new patio? We have an absolutely rock solid 8ftx8ft concrete patio with no cracks or weaknesses and about a 3ftx16ft path down the garden to a similar standard. My personal preference is to just lay on top of the already rock solid foundations, however my wife is insisting that we dig the entire concrete patio and path out to then lay ton after ton of gravel in to compact then patio it all.

    What would you do?

    Im probably looking to lay slate (or similar) on top of the concrete not slabs or block paving

    Any ideas welcome
    Phil
     
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  3. mini30thphil

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    Right, so judging by that, I'm fine to lay on top of concrete, as long as it doesn't interfere with DPC or laying on already flagged area (which Im not, its a solid concrete pad).

    Just don't want to break my back hammering out probably 5+ ton of solid concrete then barrow in tons of aggregate when its not necessary to do so.

    Phil
     
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    How does that work then? ;)

    Cheers
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  5. mini30thphil

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    It means I spend about 6 weekends breaking my back breaking out an area of 100 square foot of solid concrete......not happening
     
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    Yes, it was the "we" that I was wondering about.

    Cheers
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    AINT YOU finished it yet.
     
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    If "we" insist on digging out the concrete then suggest that "we" get the gloves, ear defenders, goggles and breakers out and that "we" shift all the rubble into the skips, "we" barrow the new material in, "we" lay the new patio.

    If "we" doesn't want to get (her) dirty hands then suggest that "we" shut up and leave "you" to get on with it!
     
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    HAHAHA, I ought to show her this :)
     
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    1) Arrange for your wife to go and stay with someone for a while, and not tell anybody beforehand or contact anybody (friends, family etc) whilst away.

    2) Dig some of it out (preferably at odd hours) and re-concrete, then slap down some really cheap paving.

    3) Be very evasive and shifty-sounding when any friend/relative phones for her, and turn away any that visit.


    Before long a team of guys will arrive and dig it all up FOC.

    :LOL:
     
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    Sometimes it's just better to keep the "we" out of it. I'd laid about 14 concrete posts "line straight" over the last couple of weeks. Asked the wife to help hold the line for the last one as I had to remove the post holding the line. Just about to put the concrete in and had a last look. It was about 20-30mm out. She hadn't quite grasped that the post should be taken to the line and not that the line should be bent to the post :)

    Still not entirely sure what she thought the line was for. Thanked her for her time and re-pegged a new poll to hold the line.
     
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