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Thinking of doing some landscaping

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I want to build a path and a circle thingy in the middle of the path and possibly do an area of decking. I can't afford to have anyone do it for me, but have no experience of doing anything like this myself.

How hard is it? Will I be able to teach myself the skills I need by looking on the internet? I've also seen a 3 hour hard landscaping course at the local college which is only £35 but will that be long enough to teach me what I need to know.

JackOFish Tue 19-May-09 21:30:56

Paths are quite easy- depending on what surface you want. Decking is tricky- you need to have a good drill, power saw and plenty of screws! There are plenty of good books about that will give you the basics- pop into your local library and see what's about.
The college course sounds like gvfm, they'll probably show you how to put up fence panels and trellis and maybe a path, possibly even decking (as it is popular). My advice would be to give them a ring and see what the content is before booking a place!
Hope this helps grin

morningpaper Tue 19-May-09 21:32:46

I've built decks, they are REALLY EASY. Honestly, look at your average builder, he just knows a few more things than you. BUT NOT MANY. It's mostly commonsense.

I think all you want is QUITE achievable, as long as you are the practical sort who quite enjoys a bit of a challenge.

Of course this depends what your "circle thingy" IS exactly, if it's some sort of stone-carved labrynth then perhaps not

Circly thingy is one of things that you sometimes get in the middle of paths. Like a few paving slabs that you buy that come togetehr in the shape of a circle. So no more trickly than a patio jigsaw I reckon.

Hubby has lots of tools like power saw, drill, etc. I reckon I'm good to go. Will check out the library/internet first though....grin Thanks.

EachPeachPearMum Wed 20-May-09 21:36:00

Stripey- those circles come in kits from garden centres- you just buy the size you want.

sparklefrog Sat 06-Jun-09 20:50:44

Make sure the screws you buy are decking screws! grin

PS. The circle thingy is called a circle pack. If you get a circle pack , you dont need to get the squaring off kit with it ... as you only want a circle finish ... saves ya moneygrinHTH

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