On Thu, 22 Jun 2006 21:52:24 -0700, turftechs wrote:
I'm Timothy of Yard Works Gardening Co. of Bellingham Wa. For pavers and
walls you must have a good base with proper drainage. Remember the brick
layers law, one over two and two over one. To be quite honest, you need to
go the book store and invest in in some good books. Tips just won't hack
it if your trying to be professional.
I looked at your web site and I have a word of caution for you about your
I manage a playground (private school) and there are lots of regulations
about them. I'm unsure what New Jersey has as far as playground
regulations, but I would suggest that you look into them. The materials
that you use, rubber mulch and railroad ties are toxic and not rated for
playground use in Washington state. Diamond edging is dangerous as is all
cement edging. Treated lumber is also not rated for playground use. This
is ofcourse for Washington state commercial/public playgrounds. Your
advertising a safe playground, I would suggest that you go with the state
aproved materials. If you built a playground and someone go hurt, you
would be sued.
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If you built a playground and someone go hurt, you
My g/f's daughter fell off her 'schoolyard' ladder at the playground, they
Big no-no. This little gal wound up with seizures for many years, and wound
up going from honor student to special classes.
BUT, she now has plenty of money to buy her own home, car and go to college,
AND just play the rest of her life, with no job!
Be *very* careful, there, wether it's public or private.
I agree that anything worth doing is worth doing well, but this isn't rocket
science. I was able to build a very substantial retaining wall consisting
of 65,000 lbs of material with the information found on of few websites and
direct consultation with the interlocking block manufacturer's technical
My friends and neighbors told me that I was "going overboard" and that I
"didn't need all of that drainage, backfill, geo-grid and other fancy
stuff". Thankfully, I didn't listen to them and my wall has stood the test
of time. In fact, I'm confident that it will most likely outlast me. IMO,
the average builder, armed with the proper information along with, perhaps,
attendance at a weekend workshop, is capable of this. In most cases, it
doesn't require a degree in civil engineering.
As for the liability issue, anyone can be sued at anytime for just about
anything in our society. It's just the way things are these days. Before
starting a business of any kind, it would be wise to consult with a good
lawyer and a reputable insurance company to be certain that you are properly
licensed and protected. All of that being said, if you're going to perform a
service for someone, and charge them money for it, you should be fully
trained and competent in your work.
I'm not certain what constitutes a "real landscaper" but everyone has to
start out somewhere. I admire anyone who has the guts to strike out on
their own in a culture of corporate dominance. It's the David and Goliath
saga of our generation and I tend to root for the little guy, providing that
he has his act together.
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