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Old 08-13-2017, 05:17 PM   #1
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Hello amigos, so we've lived in our house for about 10 years and it came with a wooden patio which we could tell the previous owners did not take good care of it. We knew eventually that it would need to be replaced. Well, three months ago I happen to put my foot though one of the floor boards and we knew it was time. But instead of redoing it with wood, we decided to do flagstone. Also, I wanted to incorporate a fire place and a custom made smoker/grill. The original deck was 20 by 30 but we decided that we didn't need so much patio so we are do No a 15 by 17.
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Old 08-13-2017, 05:22 PM   #2
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Here's the deck being torn down
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Old 08-13-2017, 05:25 PM   #3
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It took me about two months working on the weekend to tear it all down.
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Old 08-13-2017, 05:38 PM   #4
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I went with a sand base. Luckily my fil's property has a ton of it.
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Old 08-13-2017, 05:42 PM   #5
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Here's the sand evened out
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Old 08-13-2017, 05:47 PM   #6
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Bought a ton of flagstone and started to lay it down. I thought I had bought enough, but I ended up having to go buy another half ton, and I still came up a bit short.
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Old 08-13-2017, 05:52 PM   #7
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Bought a pallet of solid cinder blocks for $24 @ .60.
Originally 4.55 each. They didn't know how many in a pallet so they guesstimated 55. I talked them down to 40. So, 69 total in the pallet. Originally it should of been $313. 95 and I got it for $24.00.

A SAVING OF $289.95
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:03 PM   #8
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Here's the fireplace going up. The flagstone I used on the ground is 1.75 inches thick. I'm going to buy 1 inch thick flagstone for the fireplace and to make a border against the house. The fireplace is going to be propane.
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:09 PM   #9
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I've been grouting for the past two weeks in every chance I get.
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:12 PM   #10
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Here's a before and after power wash. I might of gone a little too crazy with the power washer and I think I'm going t have to go back and fill some holes.
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:21 PM   #11
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This is kinda like how I want the fireplace to look (except the flagstone will be vertical instead of horizontal). I found the skulls on amazon and I'm going to order them soon. I already ordered the propane fireplace kit but I need to buy an extension hose that I will run under the flagstone and into the custom grill I'm going to build on the right side of the patio.
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:26 PM   #12
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:32 PM   #13
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That is awesome!! Good work...
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:07 PM   #14
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Looks great. The only thing I would suggest is lining the interior of the fire pit with fire bricks. I've heard horror stories about cinder blocks or regular bricks exploding.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:23 PM   #15
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That style of gas burner is not going to create enough heat to blow up the block.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:27 PM   #16
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Nice job
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:41 PM   #17
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Looks good...except the skulls...but I'm not here to judge. Good work!
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:53 PM   #18
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Is that electrical up to code? (joking)
Seriously, it looks great!
I'm sure a bunch of hard work, but again, it looks great!
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Old 08-13-2017, 11:00 PM   #19
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Very nice
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Old 08-13-2017, 11:07 PM   #20
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Hey bud it's turning out real well, but did you get permission from the wife to go with the skullls? Seriously I would go with the top pic look
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Old 08-13-2017, 11:16 PM   #21
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Great job, greater patience
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Old 08-13-2017, 11:46 PM   #22
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Looks great! I learned to go with bigger flag stone.

Power washing your house will make the patio pop.
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Old 08-13-2017, 11:51 PM   #23
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Is that electrical up to code? (joking)
Seriously, it looks great!
I'm sure a bunch of hard work, but again, it looks great!
They had put outlets at each end of the wooden patio. I doubt they're up to code because they're all connected to the one outlet against the house. I was thinking king about running one of those to the grill, but changed my mind. I just need to get in there and remove them.
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Old 08-16-2017, 07:10 PM   #24
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I was thinking about making a smoker grill like this, except I want to encorporate a grill that I could use both charcoal and propane as well. Has anyone done this before? Any tips?
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:28 PM   #25
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Old 08-18-2017, 02:22 PM   #26
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Old 08-19-2017, 09:36 AM   #27
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Nice job!
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Old 08-19-2017, 10:45 AM   #28
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I don't have suggestions but I am sure getting ideas from this post. LOL
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Old 08-19-2017, 05:48 PM   #29
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Just wanted to say it's looking good man, keep us updated on the progress.
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Old 08-19-2017, 11:48 PM   #30
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Tested the propane fire pit. I needed to get an extension hose and adaptors, but I think I figured it out.
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:17 PM   #31
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Finally finished the floor last night. Gonna get started on putting flagstone on the fire pit now. The hose that came with the fire pits has a hiss sound, so I'm going to order a quiet hose to replace it before I finalize the pit
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Old 08-20-2017, 04:26 PM   #32
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Looking good.
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Old 08-20-2017, 06:37 PM   #33
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Here is the floor completed and i started to put the flagstone on the fire pit. I also power washed the brick on the house so it looks cleaner.
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Old 08-20-2017, 11:20 PM   #34
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:17 AM   #35
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Lookin' good man!
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:44 AM   #36
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Right on! I'm wanting to extend my back patio in similar fashion. Lookin good!
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:12 AM   #37
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Nice job, looks good. Are you going to put a veranda over it?
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:05 PM   #38
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Nice job, looks good. Are you going to put a veranda over it?
I haven't decided yet. I wanted to use the top half of the house as the backboard for a projection tv, but I'll have to play it by ear. It would be nice to have some sort of shade during the summer and perhaps add some fans
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:26 PM   #39
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A wooden patio?
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:27 PM   #40
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looks great. I like that fire pit, too. How did you get the stones to stay vertical on it? We masonry glue or something?
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A wooden patio?
Sorry, wooden deck.
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Old 08-22-2017, 11:58 PM   #42
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looks great. I like that fire pit, too. How did you get the stones to stay vertical on it? We masonry glue or something?
I used grout. The ones on the bottom are just leaned up against the cinder blocks. The ones above those, I positioned them where I wanted them, then I used concrete nails to hold them from the bottom, then grouted them in. If you zoom in on the pics, you could see the nails. Worked pretty good.
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Lotta work! Nice job!
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Sorry, wooden deck.
10-4. Be sure to take pics of the cement pond (pool) when you put it in. . Looks nice by the way.
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Old 10-08-2017, 08:51 PM   #45
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After endless weekends and many beers, it is finally done!
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Old 10-08-2017, 08:52 PM   #46
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Props to you. That flag stone work is a lot more tedious and work than it looks!
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:35 PM   #47
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It was a ton of work, but worth it at the end.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:06 AM   #48
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Very nicely done!!!

We're working on something similar now, but can't decide whether to go with flagstone or concrete, mostly because we'll be tying into an existing concrete patio.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:06 AM   #49
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Awesome job! Been there done that type of work with my dad and grandpa. It's a lot tougher than people think it is. Looks great though! Perfect timing with the cold front coming in tomorrow!
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That looks sharp! Cool build!
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