Monday, November 10, 2014

Thirty Bags of Sand

While we were working on the stone patio I looked up and saw this oak tree was a brilliant red. The oaks have been the last trees to turn color this fall.

The patio we're working on is 16 x 8 and it's taken thirty bags of sand to lay the stone so far. The first day I got 10 bags in my car. Yesterday we got 20 bags of sand in Gary's pickup truck and it was riding kind of low. Each bag is 70 pounds each so that was 1400 pounds in his truck and 700 pounds in my car.

We're almost to the end but probably need three more bags of sand. Stay tuned for the next step of putting in the mortar and the shards of pottery. Nor sure how many bags of mortar we'll need. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Lots of work, lots of promise.

  2. Good Luck. I suspect your car was sitting a little funny too.

  3. Probably would have been easier to order a truckload and have it delivered! You might want to look into that when you are ready for the concrete.

  4. I know exactly what you are talking about with the weight of sand. We don't have a pick-up. When we were doing our side yard and walkway, we would each stop by and get 5 or 6 bags of sand every trip home from town, until we had enough. Your patio is going to look great, can't wait to see how you add pottery shards and bits.

  5. That is going to be wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Hi Sue, thanks, definitely lots of work, we hope it's all worth it.

    Hi Dennis, thanks, I have a mid size suv and it did fine. it's only a couple of miles to the big box store and I drove slowly

    Hi Michele, thanks, our driveway is so steep and then we'd have to shovel the whole load of sand and scrape up the pavement so it was better if we got it in bags and Gary got a ten percent veterans discount.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, I am not sure magnificent will describe it.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, oh I know what you mean and those bags are so heavy we can barely lift them at our age any more, or should I say I cant' and Gary can barely lift them. He mostly tumbled them out of the pickup bed onto the ground or into the wheel barrow.

    Hi Turquoisemoon, thanks, we are saving a bundle doing this work ourselves but sometimes we wonder if it is doing our bodies harm.

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