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Well I guess it’s time to get started on this back breaking project. I’ve got this fire pit in my back yard that we spend a lot of time around through the fall, winter and spring. It gets old standing in wet or snowy grass, chairs sink in etc.

 

Sooo, I scored all these bricks and I’m gotta do a 24’ circular patio around the pit. Yesterday I hauled 40T of sand and gravel for me and the neighbor. Tomorrow I get the sod cutter and start tearing it up. I’m sure I’ll regret this part way through but there’s no turning back.

 

I really do need to rig up some forks for the loader.

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It’ll look something like this but bigger.

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Just keep thinking how much your family will enjoy this lol

 

but you did remember the snow will still be on top of it new pavers Eh lol.  .... Just kidding you Mike

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15 minutes ago, GTroyer said:

Just keep thinking how much your family will enjoy this lol

 

but you did remember the snow will still be on top of it new pavers Eh lol.  .... Just kidding you Mike

Yeah, but it’s easier to shovel off the pavers. 

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2 hours ago, Woodenhead said:

 

 

I really do need to rig up some forks for the loader.

 

 

 

     You had some forks... they were heavy.....

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I'll be watching this.   I want to build a fire pit next year in my backyard.

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56 minutes ago, rubystargoats said:

 

     You had some forks... they were heavy.....

 

Yeah, those were brutal, yet they were still too small 😕

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I'll be watching this.   I want to build a fire pit next year in my backyard.

 

Keep an eye out at the scrap yard for something cool. This is part of one of our old turbines, I bought it off the scrap dealer who hauled out all our stuff. I thought it’d be cool to weld a pipe on it for some up draft with the leaf blower . That part turned out to be a lame plan .

 

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It’ll still cook bacon though.

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If you have pancakes and maple syrup to go with that, I am on my way over..............😋

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The boys and I got all the sod out today. Was surprised and impressed with how helpful they were. Then I cut out another layer of dirt with the sod cutter. Neighbor let me borrow his little Kubota to haul the dirt out and bring in gravel with. Won’t destroy my lawn like my 13,000lb backhoe would.

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You have the skills and knowledge to fix anything there!!! Looks great.   

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That looks like a nice project for the family! It'll be worth every drop of sweat when you're all enjoying it!

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Was a long hard day. Spent about 6hrs shoveling with my youngest, I’m impressed that he stuck it out. The sod cutter worked good for peeling layers of dirt off to get some depth for the gravel. First layer of gravel is down. Will get a plate tamper to pound it down before I add another layer.

This little tractor saved me a ton of work so far but it sure takes some getting used to when your used to something bigger.

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Your making me feel lazy, my burn pit is a ring of big rocks. LOL! Looks great Mike!

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2 hours ago, Torque Monkey said:

Your making me feel lazy, my burn pit is a ring of big rocks. LOL! Looks great Mike!

 

I’ve got a lot of experience staring at one of those, they work well. 

 

I’m also hoping this’ll convince my wheel chair bound father in law to drag his butt out of the house and come hang out once in a while. 

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Draggin butt tonight. Took today off since the weather was so nice. Got the rest of the gravel in and leveled out, hard to believe I used 10 yards! Made a screed that works around a center post and follows the lawn on a couple old lawnmower wheels, worked fairly well. Topped it off with bedding sand and ran out of gas in the plate tamper. Tomorrow morning I’ll screed a final layer of sand and start laying bricks!!

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What a nice yard!!!!!! Very cool! 

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We used a John Deere Tractor wheel worked good. Just keep in mind it may still be hot hours after the fire is out.

 

Looks good

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That looks great! Nice work!

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We used a John Deere Tractor wheel worked good. Just keep in mind it may still be hot hours after the fire is out.
 
Looks good


I’ve had this pit for about 6 years, there’s 1800lbs of steel there, it stays hot for a good day or so.


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Had a buddy come help today and managed to get some labor out of the boys. Goes pretty fast if I can have someone bringing bricks as fast as I can lay them. Should be done this weekend.

 

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