Finding a way to build what the client wants
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Finding a way to build what the client wants
While it’s hard to say just what the clients didn’t like about the hardscape designs they didn’t choose, here’s what went into the winning design: The project designer explored new ground and challenged the installation crew to find a way to give the clients what they wanted. And though it turned out to be more of a challenge than he thought, he trusted they would find a way to build it.
3-piece systems build less expensive tall walls in tight spaces
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3-piece systems build less expensive tall walls in tight spaces
3-piece wall products expand the depth of a wall mass allowing taller walls to be built with less excavation than a geogrid wall. When assembled, the 3 pieces take on the shape of a capital I (with serifs). The core space is typically filled with drainage stone. With the weight of the wall spread between wall 3 pieces and fill stone, each piece is light enough to install by hand...
7 hardscape efficiencies
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7 hardscape efficiencies
The Education Committee at ICPI asked me to teach a paver installation efficiency class at last year’s Hardscape North America. I told them that if I was going to teach an installation efficiency class, that it should include efficiencies throughout the entire job process. Paver installation is the easy part of what we do on the job site. The hard part is being efficient in all the steps leading up to installation. Let’s take a look at some of those steps...
There be dragons outside the box too
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There be dragons outside the box too
Medieval mapmakers drew dragons and serpents to mark uncharted seas and illustrate the dangers that might await sailors daring to go there. It was crazy enough for them to be sailing the seas at all to add risk by traveling into the greater unknown. But there was also the potential reward and adventure in addition to limited opportunities elsewhere. Thinking outside the box takes contractors into uncharted waters as well...
Demystifying polymeric sand
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Demystifying polymeric sand
Polymeric sand has improved tenfold since it came on the market in the late 1990s. Today, there are many good products on the market, and for most installers polymeric sand does exactly what it is supposed to do without incident. For a few, however, installing polymeric sand creates headaches and frustration. I am here to tell you the good news; There are best practices and methods which can turn your pain into gain...
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable

Contractor Profiles

Planning to retire from a 1-crew company
February/March 2015

Planning to retire from a 1-crew company

Gary Buckpitt trains and retains capable employees to run things when he’s away, and when he retires. MORE


Launching a cleaning/ stabilizing/ sealing business
December/January 2015

Launching a cleaning/ stabilizing/ sealing business

After 3 years of setting up systems, Paver Rescue is poised to take advantage of a growth opportunity. MORE


Remaking a struggling company
August/September 2014

Remaking a struggling company

Switzer's makes the difficult transition from a large, unwieldy business down to a small design/build firm now on a solid footing for the future. MORE


Are your designs falling from fashion?
June/July 2014

Are your designs falling from fashion?

Getting creative in paver design lets Farley Interlocking Paving appeal to more people in more markets. MORE


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April/May 2015