Building big walls on a shoreline
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Building big walls on a shoreline
In late July 2014 contractor Pat Dixon responded to a call to evaluate a series of timber retaining walls. Pat arrived to find a structure of 10 walls 50’ high and 120’ wide built a 1.1:1 slope above the Lake Wisconsin shoreline. A built-in timber staircase/walkway zigzagged down to the lake with switchbacks like a mountain road. Pat says, “The walls were failing with several sections bulging and rotting. Insects were working overtime damaging the wood... MORE
Are your people happy?
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Are your people happy?
Your best people (and hopefully all your employees) worked hard for you through the construction season. But, are they happy? Will they want to stay another year with your company or will they be looking elsewhere? While competitors have always lured away key employees, the last 2 years I have seen a rise in the incentives offered with pay increases up to 40% and other perks. Companies offering over-the-top hiring incentives often shoot themselves in the foot... MORE
Charles Vander Kooi Memorial Video
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Charles Vander Kooi Memorial Video
Consultant Tony Bass created a memorial video from Charles Vander Kooi’s presentation at a seminar Tony hosted in Louisville, KY during GIE+EXPO/HNA 2015. Tony was a long-time Vander Kooi consultant, and is a good friend of Hardscape Magazine. It’s nice to hear Chuck’s voice again. We miss him...
5 steps to prep water for winter
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5 steps to prep water for winter
Fall is an ideal time to clean a pond. If done while the fish are still active, they are not likely to suffer any ill effects. This is also an ideal time to remove and clean any equipment you won’t be using until spring. If there are trees near the pond, cover the pond with netting. This saves a lot of work down the road fishing out dead leaves from the water...
Installing polymeric sand successfully
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Installing polymeric sand successfully
Over the past 2 decades, we have seen a dramatic change with interlocking concrete pavement, jointing materials and maintenance products. With new product characteristics come new specifications and new installation methods. Polymeric sand is a perfect example. There are many issues that can occur during and after installation of the polymeric sand. The most common problem, washout, occurs because installers fail to...
  • 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

Installer champ, HNA demo builder, masonry expert
August/September 2016

Installer champ, HNA demo builder, masonry expert

Bobby Cooper shares what he’s learned installing hardscape, masonry and poured concrete almost 30 years. MORE


Seeking help to save a company
June/July 2016

Seeking help to save a company

A contractor learns that growing a company without business experience he could “lose it all.” MORE


Years consumed on 1 project
April/May 2016

Years consumed on 1 project

Failures by a past contractor lead to trial projects then to 2+ years of non-stop work creating an award winner. MORE


Don’t grow bigger; get better
February/March 2016

Don’t grow bigger; get better

Earth, Turf & Wood has the infrastructure to grow, but instead puts their efforts into becoming better at what they do. MORE


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