09:10PM | 05/10/05
Member Since: 05/10/05
1 lifetime posts
I am new to the board so be nice!

I would like to install a brick patio in my backyard. However, the ground is not level and when it rains the rain pools up at the backdoor. I had a handyman look at the area to be levelled and he quoted me about $1100 and he would haul away the dirt. This seems high to me. How can I do this job myself? What equipment is needed? Is there a book out there somewhere that would help me?

Thanks for any advice that you have.


06:01AM | 05/11/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi socal100,

Most people on this board are really nice. From time to time it gets a little cranky, but hopefully you'll have a positive experience.

Hopefully one of the paver pros will jump in on this post. I should mention that I'm not a pro, although I've moved my share of dirt over the years. I've had good success doing basic stuff just using a rake.

In the meantime, I generally suggest heading to your local library. (Being married to a librarian, I almost always suggest that!) They'll no doubt have several books and/or videos on the topic. Or they might be able to order one for you. And the price is right!

If you actually need to dig, be sure to have your utilities marked!!! And perhaps you can keep the dirt, perhaps for a raised garden area(?)


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