So I've sorted out what gravel/road base/whatever I'm going to use.
I've driven some stakes and built a frame out of pressure treated
2x4s. I "leveled" them by laying a board across my trench, resting on
the ground on either side. That turns out not to be particularly
level. Should I
a) Leave it as it is so the path will be flush with the unlevel
b) Make the frame more level by raising one side a bit above the
c) Make the frame more level by lowering one side a bit below the
d) Make the frame level and then try to even out the surrounding
ground with some of the dirt I have left over from digging my trench.
Or something else entirely?
Why level. Some paths follow the grade. I always find it best to raise the
path a bit higher than the grade to avoid earth and debris from being the
All a choice.
Most walkways are a bit higher than grade though when I build them.
I generally made my paver walkway the same height as the yard so I could
run the mower right over the top. However, you should slope the walkway
slightly to direct water runoff.
For instance, my walkway runs parallel to the back of our house. I did not
want water running off the walkway towards the house, so I raised the side
along the house so water runs off towards the yard. Along the length of the
walk, it generally follows the slope of the yard, but I worked with the
slopes to ensure water was directed away from buildings and so it wouldn't
puddle in the yard. While the walk "looks" level, it actually has several
strategic slopes to accomodate issues in different areas.
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