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Any ideas how to release the Blu-Lock 'quick release' collars?

posted by: shpigford on 04.08.2009 at 09:41 am in Irrigation Forum

I'm needing to move a few sprinkler heads in our yard and the landscapers used Blu-Lock supplies.

Unfortunately, I can't figure out to save my life how to release the so-called "quick release" collar (go figure).

I've pushed, pulled, twisted, hammered, plier-ed, and screamed at these things trying to get them apart.

Here's a PDF that explains the system and here is a photo of my particular situation. :)

So, anyone had any experience with this stuff?


clipped on: 04.08.2009 at 10:03 am    last updated on: 04.08.2009 at 10:03 am

How should I handle the grading on this?

posted by: shpigford on 04.08.2009 at 10:03 am in Landscape Design Forum

So we've got some perspective for my situation, here is a photo of where I'm at. I'll explain the yellow/blue lines shortly.

On the right of the picture is the side of our house. On the left is more yard and a small (really small) "hill" that slight slopes back to towards the right.

As you can see from the blue line, there yard was originally graded to have a small swell running right around where the blue line dips. Unfortunately, that puts a small kink in my wanting a nice big patio right there.

The yellow line is what the "proper" grading would be if I had a consistent slop from the house down to the yard on the left.

The problem there is that it just plain feels too high up against the house.

I was planning on putting pavers right up to the house and right now it just feels like that'd look really out of place being "that high" up the side of the house.

So any thoughts on how to handle the grading at this point? Any other info you need from me to explain it a bit better?


clipped on: 04.08.2009 at 10:03 am    last updated on: 04.08.2009 at 10:03 am

Time between roadbase/sand/stone?

posted by: shpigford on 04.07.2009 at 07:24 pm in Landscape Design Forum

My patio project will be spanning the course of multiple weekends, so I was curious if the time between "layers" mattered.

So like this weekend I'll be putting in roadbase and compacting it. The next weekend would be sand. Then a week or two later I'd be laying down pavers.

I guess my biggest concern is the loosing of layers between.



clipped on: 04.08.2009 at 09:44 am    last updated on: 04.08.2009 at 09:44 am

What layers of gravel/sand would I use for a patio?

posted by: shpigford on 03.21.2009 at 05:01 pm in Landscape Design Forum

I haven't completely decided on what type of stone (flagstone vs. pavers) I want to use for our patio, so I'd be interested in hearing the answer for both.

What I'd like to know is what layers of material should I put down?

Should I use pea gravel for the base layer? Or is some cheap, crushed gravel fine?

Do I need sand on top of that gravel?

Just curious what the best combination of layers would be. For what it's worth, I'm in the Denver area.


clipped on: 04.06.2009 at 07:30 pm    last updated on: 04.06.2009 at 07:30 pm