Busting Up The Patio–Part II…

…or, to alter slightly the old Neil Sedaka song, Breaking Up Is NOT Hard To Do.  To which I would add that it is not hard to do if you have the tools, knowledge, skills, experience, and physical ability to carry it out.  Susan and her crew possess these qualities in abundance. They are fanatical about working to ensure proper grades, levels, etc.

Before continuing with the patio narrative, I must first refer back to the reason we initiated the project.  Some people have suggested that the patio as depicted in the “before” photo in the first article looked to be in good shape. Therefore, I offer a collage to better illustrate its condition…

The patio was not only ugly, it was a challenge to pedestrian passage.

Once they revealed the ground underneath, it was obvious that the original installation was quick and dirty…

  • There was no base rock
  • There was no sand
  • There was no rebar
  • There were no reinforcement materials of any kind 

In short, the original patio was poured on the adobe soil.  In retrospect, it was  amazing that it was not in worse shape than it was. On the other hand, the absence of rebar made it easier to break it up into sizes they could work with as the project advances.

Returning now to the narrative…

A good foundation for the new patio requires the proper materials…

Next, they reduced the concrete slabs to more manageable sizes–creating what I called the concrete puzzle…

After a few hours, the picture or design appeared…

Next, they will start working on setting the “new” stones!

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3 thoughts on “Busting Up The Patio–Part II…

    • The contractor broke up the pieces and then built a sand base of some kind and then placed the pieces. Think of using the concrete as pavers. It is still holding up today.

    • I don’t know where you are but if you are in Sonoma County and you want to talk to the man who did it I will pass along his info

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