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    Soo...I buy all this block for a small retaining wall....

    Here's the type of block I bought....



    Now the kicker is, I bought various sizes based on their own diagrams for different stacks.

    Here's the pattern...



    Ok...

    So I start the first row. Now the blocks on the first row are identical. The difference is, one side is narrower than the other. One side has a 10 inch face and the other has a 12 inch face.

    My problem is....I lay two longs then a short and when I go to lay the other short, I have a gap.

    So this morning I figured I can't live with that and I called the company that makes the product to ask if this is the way the blocks were intended to be layed for the first row.

    "Not really. " I'm informed. "There seems to be a problem with that pattern."

    So tell me that I didn't order $800 worth of fake stone based on your own recommendations for that pattern and you have a problem with it?

    "Yeah there's a small problem with that pattern. Try turning the stone around."

    Huh? Sure I can do that but it'll change the layout. The next course won't line up to lock the block in place, right?

    "It's not that big a deal."

    "Tell you what, when you get it figured out, can you call me and let me know what you did to fix the problem?"

    Your kidding right? I spend $800 for this pattern and you want me to figure it out and call you back with the solution? Are your serious?

    "Well it would be a courtsy call."

    Tell you what, you figure it out since it's your product and call me back with the solution. We'll call it a courtsy call.




    Thank god every day's a Monday....

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    Ugh. This is reason #12 that I dislike doing home improvement projects.

    Good luck, DH.

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    Oh I'll get it done. It's just the hassle of figuring the whole thing out since we're talking several different sizes of block.

    It took me an hour and a half at Home Depot just to get it ordered. I'll probably try about 6 feet of it with alternating two longs and one short and then the next layer to see how it locks in place.

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    Nasa is working on a solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    Nasa is working on a solution.


    Yardy, if I still had an old version of CAD loaded, I could probably have done all the figuring myself. You would think that the company had it all figured out before they put out their pamphlet.

    I ordered it by what I was guessing was tried and true pattern and I didn't want to do any puzzle work on my own. Or better yet, I would have probably ordered something else.

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    My grandmothers neighbor has something like that, all the same size stone for the first 3 layers and then a shorter one for the top, seems like an easier pattern

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    Just another brick in the wall, eh?
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    what the size in lengh are all the blocks ill play around with it and try and fig it out.

    and what the shape are your trying to get.
    it looks like the last block F is turned to start the next side
    Last edited by horsemen_; 08-03-07 at 02:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by horsemen_ View Post
    it looks like it goses 2 long 2 short
    That's what she said.

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    if there is a problem with the pattern then i would recommend shoving that pattern and the blocks up their asses.

    did You agree to beta testing this wall in the EULA

    Dont be a guinea pig

    I was going to post a link to that thread, but the SG search results for "bullsh|t" were too numerous

    sometimes you have to think outside the box to get inside the box .

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    How do the courses lock together??

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    seems like its EEFE cant see next block

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    Well there are lots of different patterns and configurations available.

    Horseman, that's how I've been laying them out right now, is 2 long then one short. Hopefully it'll work out with the rest of the patten. If not, it looks like I'm going to get a lesson in stone masonry. I have a few options if the length isn't working out, like adding three longs in a row from time to time.

    Kip, the blocks have a long hollow slot on the bottom of them and a raised ridge on the top of them with the caps only having the slots on the bottom. . Pretty much like most blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy View Post
    Just another brick in the wall, eh?

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    what shape are you going to end up with a square or just a wall?
    i hope its cool out there. i hate working out side in the heat really when stuff isn't going good

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    What adhesive as you using?

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    More important... how much beer have you put away at this post... and how much beer do you have on ice?

    Not enough beer at this juncture could be the problem.

    Everything works well when you're hammered.
    People will forget what you said... and people will forget what you did... but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    What adhesive as you using?
    Nothing yet.... instructions indicate you only need it for the cap. I'm a ways off from finishing up the caps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    if there is a problem with the pattern then i would recommend shoving that pattern and the blocks up their asses.

    did You agree to beta testing this wall in the EULA

    Dont be a guinea pig

    Does sound a bit like Microsoft, doesn’t it?

    They only engineered the product, let the customer work the bugs out.

    As Doc pointed out, more beer would help. Maybe a bigger hammer and some dynamite too.
    Sliding down the banister of life ..........................

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadDoctor View Post
    More important... how much beer have you put away at this post... and how much beer do you have on ice?

    Not enough beer at this juncture could be the problem.

    Everything works well when you're hammered.
    Umm...let's see. Nothing on ice but I do have a "beer" fridge...

    Let's see....a half rack of Blue Boar. 4 bottles of Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout...4 bottles of RJ King Windwalker Lager.....3 Guinness...umm...2 bottles of Cinder Cone Red Ale...7 bottles of Fat Tire and a what? What the ell? A Coors Lite? Where did this come from?

    *Puts the Coors Lite in with the canned goods.*

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