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I had yesterday off so I did some home improvements. Well 5 hours and just over 950 bricks later I came finished my Patio and parking spot. Its not long enough to pull the Jeeps all the way on it but is big enough that if it rains everyone can step out onto the patio with out stepping into a mud hole.

 

Before, a mud hole.

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one of several loads of Bricks

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Thanks! my grandmother had a huge pile of bricks in the back yard when the house was first bricked in, 50 years ago... now that I am Renting the house from her I can do these little projects that will make the house nicer, both by adding the patio and removing the unsightly pile of bricks. I am also making a fire ring in the back yard from my Mom's old side walk.. Guess I can get the recycle merit badge now LOL

 

here is a pic of mom's fire pit, i will be making one similar only about 4 times larger and stacked 3 stones high.

 

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here is a pic of mom's fire pit, i will be making one similar only about 4 times larger and stacked 3 stones high.

 

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Careful using aggregate stone like that... You get it hot enough, and it will start to pop and throw super sharp rock fragments everywhere.

 

Rob

 

 

Yup... especially after any kind of prolonged moisture in the air. Concrete remains porous unless it has been sealed, those little pores allows water to soak in. When the chunks heat up.. unless that water can escape back out those pores as it rapidly expands... you get explosions...

 

I blew up a smelting furnace by getting into a huge hurry and not properly curing my home made firestop.

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Limestone will also become missiles in the right fire.... Spent a month clearing pasture and stacking the brush on a limestone outcrop/pile to burn. After about an hour of intense fire I could hear what sounded like M80s going off and could hear the whistle of rock fragments buzzing through the air. That fire was then observed from a far distance ;)

 

You might want to consider filling the gaps between the bricks with sand. Small screws and bolts could quickly go missing should they fall between the bricks.

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I have known that concrete can explode if it gets hot enough, Moms fire pit i am not too worried about as she just does small fires for small sticks, leaves, and boxes. stuff that burns quick. my fire ring on the other hand, well i have nothing really to burn at my house so its just for looks and maybe to burn a box or two.

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someone clearly doesn't experience a freeze/thaw cycle. :D must be nice!

 

looks great! :thumbsup:

 

My thoughts exactly. I did a huge driveway a couple years ago with pavers for a rich dude on a lake up near my house. Think it was 18 pallets of pavers, 3 different flavors. The setup was more of a pain then the actual setting.

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