A Home Project
Friday, May 14, 2021
The brick walkway in front of our house has been in need of repair for a couple of years. The metal strip that was intended to keep the bricks in place along the side of the walk had long ago risen up out of the earth and was just posing in the air, looking rather unattractive - not to mention how dangerous it could be if someone tripped or fell on it.
In the back patio, the bricks closest to the house had long ago expanded -- leaving the rest of the bricks and forming their own crooked line well into the flower bed.
This year I determined to have both walkways replaced. Blue stone is the preferred natural material these days - and a little dear, too, coming in at a cost of $14,000. No matter, I have always liked the brick. Perhaps someone could reset them. Yes, they could, for $3,000.
So I figured - How hard could it be? I bought a rubber mallet, some stakes to put the runaway metal strip back in place where it belonged, and five 50 lb bags of all-purpose sand to fill the in between spaces.
The front sidewalk metal guide was fixed yesterday - and repairs to the runaway bricks in tthe back patio was finished this morning.
I moved all the delinquent bricks back into place - with slightly straight lines that are very appropriate for an old moss-covered patio. The sand has been swept into place, and tomorrow will be hosed off.
It looks pretty good, too. So much better than before.
Tomorrow I am planting flowers.