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02:47PM | 08/07/01
Member Since: 08/06/01
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Underneath my deck is a patch of over grow n ground, impossibe to get a mower under, and also to small for a weedeater, I want to go ahead and concrete it over. How much of a foundation should I use? should I use gravel, or wire mesh? It won't be walked on and would only need support the weight of bikes or outside toys. We do have hot summers and cold winters. It is about '10 * '4, and will need to be leveled first. Any suggestions, or alternate comments will be appreciated. Thank you

Jay J

04:29PM | 08/07/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
HI ckraeh,

I think that concreting that area is over-kill. I mean, like you said, you won't even see it and it will only be used for storage. Unless you have $$$ to 'waste', I'd use gravel.

HOWEVER, you'll want to level that area (as you said), then dig down about 4". Actually, a SLIGHT grade towards one of the 2 corners that's the FURTHEST away from the foundation and anything else (like that) is best. (This way, water drains to the FRONT and NOT towards the house.) Then, I'd lay in 6mil. plastic and cover with 3/4" gravel or crushed stone (which ever is cheaper.) The plastic will prevent 'stuff' from growing up through the plastic. You could border the area w/4 x 4 Pressure Treated lumber. If you have to dig deeper than 4", be sure to tell the Gravel Yard the total dimensions, including the shallowest and deepest 'parts'. From there, he'll calculate the load. BE careful about having them drive their truck onto your property. That kind of weight will crush almost anything! (My Dad loaned me his rider-mower + bucket-trailer because I had to move the gravel from the street over a distance of about 200', ALL up hill.) You could do a 10' x 4' x 4" w/o much problem by hand but if you can help it, don't, especially in this weather.

Done! My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: You could even 'border-out' the edges of the stone a bit with Landscape Gravel (if you don't like the look of the standard gravel.) If you want to do this, just leave whatever distance you want on the 'edges' open for the last 1" and fill it w/Landscape Gravel.

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