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Old 06-20-2013, 09:51 PM   #71
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No, it isn't a mold. You buy the finished blocks and lay them like you would patio or driveway pavers. No rebar, etc. If the ground is prepped properly, there shouldn't be shift. Like I said earlier, you should retain a local contractor who can walk you through your options and show you samples and examples of the work you're trying to have done.
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:26 PM   #72
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Put that AS right behind the patio and have a party spot there.

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yep! pretty psyched....going to call the tree guy tomorrow....go to home depot this weekend and figure out a gate on that fence (ideas there? see photos) - guess I can just buy a gate that swings out from home depot or lowes...

Then I just need to figure out tracks (like the "grasscrete") and level that spot out.

I think tomorrow I will call some paving type folks and see for a reasonable price they could do the tracks and the pad and be done with it so Ill be set.

Thanks for the help everyone....its going to look great in the backyard!!!
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:30 PM   #73
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yep that is the plan...im going to just hire someone who has done this and help me through it....I mine as well consider just having them do a concrete pad...get a quote and do that if it will not be crazy $$$
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Go buy that AS you have been looking at The tow vehicle, hitch etc. and go camping. Camping is suppose to be relaxing but you are making too much work out of it. Don't worry about the other guy. This is NOT the same as school and Pharmacy (Pharm ?)
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:12 PM   #75
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ok, so plan of action is almost in motion with parking and storage at my house....

My brother ( a mason) - bought my toyota T100 off me for a real steal price...as a result, he has agreed to get me a concrete pad poured for my storage at cost...I will only need to buy the materials to do the job (estimated at this point 700ish bucks for the concrete and 100-200 for the wood to build the box). He wants to build up to level rather than dig in and do a retaining wall...but this likely will require building as part of it, a concrete ramp that stages up things a bit to get to the level/flat and bit more elevated plane...he is going to bring a laser level and some other tools and do some meansurments next week, but with my looking at it...I think we are looking at about 2 feet of additional height...maybe 3 feet...

Ok, he is studying to be an engineer, but it seems CRITICAL that this grade be such that I DO NOT contact any part of the trailer...we have enough realestate to produce a lengthy more shallow grade it appears...

Part of me is skeptical and I think it would be better off just to dig in, do a retaining wall, but he stressed that "concrete is cheap"....

He poured concrete for my patio and did the flagstone and it is perfect...and he has been doing masonry for 17 or so years about...including working with concrete and such...so I guess I will leave it to him...

I am going to get my contractor involved as well as a second opinion....
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Pharm, congrats on the new purchases! One thing to consider is with either the retaining wall or elevated parking is you're creating a 3' thing for your kids to toddle off of. Probably only a concern for a little longer for you, but don't let anyone bonk their heads
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:50 PM   #77
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I have a near 3 year old...I know all about it....believe me...
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Also, considering the intended use, if you dig in and build a retaining wall at the back of the storage pad, you're introducing an obstacle to back the trailer into at some point in the future.
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Also, considering the intended use, if you dig in and build a retaining wall at the back of the storage pad, you're introducing an obstacle to back the trailer into at some point in the future.
Or on the other hand, an easier way to access the roof of the trailer.

It's like built-in scaffolding!

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Good point - my brother said the same thing

Bumping that aluminum costs $$$$$$$$$
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I have a near 3 year old...I know all about it....believe me...
2 and 3 year olds, it's like being on suicide watch...
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Here is what I did. We took these and welded to a square plate. We then sunk the assembly into the wet concrete... and leveled.
Headed Concrete Anchor - Weld Base Diameter - 1/4" | Headed Concrete Anchors - BlueArc Stud Welding

You can then weld to them for your uprights.. and it will be really secure.
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Excellent idea!

I am thinking I want a fairly simple roof system that is wide and long enough to provide cover from debris - rain - etc but leaves the AS open to view

Saw this basic steel beam and flat steel roof system searching on google that looked great - key me fin that link
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