Yep, finished. Finit. Done.
ast weekend the last stage of the front walk project was completed. Every stone had to be leveled and the gaps between stones filled in.
First remove a paving stone that needs to be leveled.
Add crushed bluestone to the space where the paving stone used to be.
Distribute the crushed stone so that when you place the large stone on top, it is level with the stones around it.
Carefully replace the stone.
Check to make sure the stone is level with its neighbors.
Finally, shovel the same crushed bluestone onto the walk, and sweep it into the cracks.
That’s how my sons did it, at least. A lot of people would use sand for the leveling and joint-filling, but they thought the crushed bluestone would stay put better. They found a different use for the load of sand they had purchased for the project. Here’s a close-up view of part of the walk:
Here you can see how the crushed bluestone fills in the joints.
I’d say it’s one swell birthday present!
Previous Chapters in the Front Walk Story
In case you missed my earlier posts about the creation of our new front walk, I’ve listed them here for your convenience.
- The Front Walk: Conception
- Front Walk: Garden Design
- The Front Walk: Your Questions Answered
- The Front Walk: It’s Coming!
- The Front Walk: Excavation Begins!
- Front Walk Construction: Gravel in Place
- Stone Puzzle: The Front Walk Emerges
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