To install decomposed granite on a patio or walkway, mark the installation area, remove the sod, install edging and weed-deterrent fabric, add gravel, and cover it with decomposed granite. The required supplies are stakes, a mallet, string, a shovel, landscape edging, weed-deterrent fabric, gravel, decomposed granite and a compactor.Know More
Mark the corners of the installation area with wooden stakes, and connect them with string.
Remove the sod and all other vegetation. Remove 8 to 12 inches of soil, and make sure that the excavated work area contains no visible roots.
Apply landscape edging to the perimeter of the installation site, and cover the entire area with weed-deterrent fabric. Remove the string and perimeter stakes.
Cover the fabric with 4 to 6 inches of gravel. Smooth the gravel surface with the back of a shovel.
Pour 4 inches of decomposed granite on top of the gravel. Distribute it with a shovel, and then tamp it down with a rolling compactor. Add more granite, and compact it again. Continue adding and compacting the granite until it is 4 to 6 inches deep.
To cut a brick wall, mark the cut, and then drill a series of 1/4-inch holes just inside the line along the length of the mark. Remove brick and mortar between the holes with a chisel and hammer. Pry out the bricks in the opening with a small pry bar.Full Answer >
Make minor cuts in granite using a circular saw fitted with collars and a diamond blade. Cover the cutting line with masking tape to minimize chipping. Provide adequate support for heavy granite material.Full Answer >
A granite slab doesn't have a set size. The size varies as the material is quarried naturally from the earth. Most of the granite slabs that are used for making countertops range from 7 to 9 feet wide, 4 to 5.5 feet deep and around 1.25 inches thick.Full Answer >
Granite countertops offer the most benefits in comparison to Corian and quartz. However, each material offers a variety of pros and cons. Granite and quartz are both easier to maintain than Corian, offering stain, scratch and heat resistance, whereas Corian offers easier repair and more variety.Full Answer >