patio nightmare !

ive been having continual earache about the back patio basically it is covered in some manmade substance which is impervious to brick acid etc.so a relay is the only solution but thats where the problems started when i tryed lifting the slabs it proved to be a back breaking ordeal.seems like the patio slabs were layed in quite a layer of mortar. (encased in concrete more like) ive decided maybe to slab over it now but how far can i go to the dampproof level of the house, looks like it would be within in an inch of it and should i maybe slope it to help drainage!!
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george wrote:

You could stick a simple ground level deck on it, thats what I did in the same situation. You don't have to use the massive joists they use in raised decks. I used 2"x3" joists. Lot less back breaking work and quicker too.
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