Fly-by-Night CC wrote:
> First of all, thank you, Tom, (and Karl) for the help. The demolition
> for this project was started almost a year ago - then after a $16,000
> estimate for the job, it sat over the winter and spring while I turned
> it over and over in my mind trying to figure out how to do it myself.
Many years ago decided to add a slab patio addition to a small
Skinned off the sod, set the forms, had a couple of truck loads of
foundry sand delivered to the curb, then one by one, moved all that
fill , one wheelbarrow load at a time, back behind the house where the
patio would be built.
Leveled out the fill, and decided it was time for some concrete quotes.
Quotes clearly threw up a red flag of warning.
Thought about it for at least a couple of weeks, then remembered my
daughter, who was in the first grade, had a classmate who's father was
a concrete contractor.
Gave him a call and explained what I had done.
Reluctantly he stopped by and took a look, indicating that my work,
while maybe not up to his specs, was acceptable, and gave me a price.
The next door neighbor who indicated that if it was a fair deal, they
would also get a patio poured.
We struck a deal and work began the following week.
I took a day's vacation to properly behave as a sidewalk superintendent.
As I stood there watching this crew working, I made a mental note.
At that time in my life I was willing to try almost anything except
practicing brain surgery and now after seeing it done, laying concrete.
Properly laying concrete is definitely an art form, IMHO.