Brick Path: Phase II

One of the top 10 tips for selling your house is to FINISH undone work.  The big monkey on our back has been finishing our brick walkway up the side of our driveway.  I cannot believe that is has been 1 YEAR since we started the project.  At the time, I had no idea that I was pregnant with baby number 2.  A couple of weeks later, my big project days were over as I wrestled with the first trimester blahs.  The bricks laid in the exact same arrangement for a year, virtually untouched.  With Nana here visiting this week we were able to steal a few hours, while she watched the kiddos, to work together and “dig” into the project.

The hubby stacked all the bricks on the driveway so he could excavate the dirt.  He trucked wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow up to our house so we could use the dirt to get rid of another monkey – a drainage problem caused by soil erosion.

I hopped into the trench and followed behind him doing the fine detail work.  We had cut out the exact width of our brick pattern and the depth of the gravel, sand, and bricks from a piece of wood.  The depth includes 2 inches of gravel, 2 inches of sand, and the bricks.  My job was to use hand tools and the wood guide to make sure the trench was squared off and cleaned out.  I also sat in the trench on a foam pad and compressed the dirt as I went.

It wasn’t too hard to create a firm base.  Most of the trench is made of clay and after a light rain, the soil is almost as hard as cement itself!  Tomorrow, the hubby will be pounding in the metal guide rails and filling in the gravel.  We have another wood template that is 2 inches shorter and we’ll use it as a screed board to level off the rocks.

It was so nice to work with my hubby again.  We are both fixer-uppers.  It’s one of those common bonds that drew us together in the first place.  It’s also very satisfying to do something ourselves and to do it well.  Let’s hope we can keep the momentum going and knock this out before next weekend!

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