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Thomarse

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Nov 18, 2008, 11:08:53 AM11/18/08
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I'm re-doing my fronty garden and I need to find a cheap supplier of
gravel/aggregate. Any ideas where might be cheapest?

I need enough to cover approx 17 square metres.. Probably just want
standard golden gravel.

Thanks

BigWallop

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Nov 18, 2008, 11:46:59 AM11/18/08
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"Thomarse" <thomas...@tiscali.co.uk> wrote in message
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Any builders merchant can probably get you what you need. Is the gravel
going on soft ground? How deep are you going with it? How much of an angle
/ slope does the garden have on it, if any?


SJP

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Nov 18, 2008, 11:50:55 AM11/18/08
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"Thomarse" <thomas...@tiscali.co.uk> wrote in message
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Get used to cats using your new gravel as a litter tray!


Lobster

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Nov 18, 2008, 12:33:00 PM11/18/08
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Find a local supplier who will drop you a lorry load on to the site
(assuming that's appropriate for your needs) - it's likely to be a lot
cheaper that way than buying it in those 1-ton jumbo bags, which is how
most builder's merchants provide it.

David

BigWallop

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Nov 18, 2008, 12:36:03 PM11/18/08
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"Lobster" <davidlobs...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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You get your money back on the hire of the bag.

Rod

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Nov 18, 2008, 12:42:47 PM11/18/08
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Not the last bag I got. One drop only - non-returnable, non-reusable.

(I think there is something to do with the integrity of the bag once it
has undergone the whole fill/deliver/use processes.)

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BigWallop

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Nov 18, 2008, 12:48:57 PM11/18/08
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"Rod" <poly...@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
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> BigWallop wrote:
> > "Lobster" <davidlobs...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> > news:i%CUk.141422$yK5....@newsfe24.ams2...
> >> Thomarse wrote:
> >>> I'm re-doing my fronty garden and I need to find a cheap supplier of
> >>> gravel/aggregate. Any ideas where might be cheapest?
> >>>
> >>> I need enough to cover approx 17 square metres.. Probably just want
> >>> standard golden gravel.
> >> Find a local supplier who will drop you a lorry load on to the site
> >> (assuming that's appropriate for your needs) - it's likely to be a lot
> >> cheaper that way than buying it in those 1-ton jumbo bags, which is how
> >> most builder's merchants provide it.
> >>
> >> David
> >>
> >
> > You get your money back on the hire of the bag.
> >
> >
> >
> Not the last bag I got. One drop only - non-returnable, non-reusable.
>
> (I think there is something to do with the integrity of the bag once it
> has undergone the whole fill/deliver/use processes.)
>
> Rod
>

Crap bags? We are charged 5 pounds for the hire of the bag, but it goes
back to get filled again and again. If it bursts on its way to the site,
that's their fault for handling it badly.

The Natural Philosopher

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Nov 18, 2008, 1:13:51 PM11/18/08
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we used to but no more. Elfin Safety.

The Natural Philosopher

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Nov 18, 2008, 1:13:06 PM11/18/08
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Yellow pages and look for aggregate suppliers. If you want more than
about 10 tons, get it straight from nearest quarry in a tipper lorry.

John Rumm

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Nov 18, 2008, 1:23:20 PM11/18/08
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Don't think I have ever seen a returnable one in these parts (the
delivery drivers for some of the builders merchants will take them if
you offer, but there is no refund)

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The Medway Handyman

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Nov 18, 2008, 3:12:52 PM11/18/08
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Did mine a few years ago. Look under 'Aggregates' in YP rather than going
to one of the sheds. You are going to need about 1 to 1.5 tonne to give a
decent thickness - any less than about 30mm & it looks bare.

Go for 18mm gravel NOT 10mm pea shingle. 18mm tends to stay put, 10mm
wanders about all over the place. Stick a decent fabric under for weed
control.


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The Natural Philosopher

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Nov 19, 2008, 7:10:41 AM11/19/08
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I have fond membranes make piss all difference. What is far better is
deeper gravel. That way the seeds wash down into the dark, and the few
that do spring up are easily path cleared.

Borrow a very heavy vehicle and use it as a roller to bed teh stuff
down. Whackers are not tht good on deeper gravel.

3-4" is optimal,over a bed of smacked limestone..

Andrew Mawson

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Nov 19, 2008, 2:24:55 PM11/19/08
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"The Natural Philosopher" <a@b.c> wrote in message
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3 to 4" is impossible for things like childrens push chairs and
wheelchairs - it's also very hard walking. We had 18mm gravel at our
last place that I put down to cover over tatty tarmac - it was still
good after ten years. Here in the new place we have vast amounts of
10mm pea beach. It's a pain - gets stuck in the treads of shoes, ends
up in the house. I'd replace it, but there is amost a 1/3rd of an acre
of it so it would need a fleet of lorries.

AWEM

PeterMcC

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Nov 20, 2008, 4:58:18 AM11/20/08
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"Andrew Mawson" <andrew@no_spam_please_mawson.org.uk> wrote in message
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>
> "The Natural Philosopher" <a@b.c> wrote in message
> news:122709664...@proxy00.news.clara.net...
>> The Medway Handyman wrote:
>> > Thomarse wrote:
>> >> I'm re-doing my fronty garden and I need to find a cheap supplier
> of
>> >> gravel/aggregate. Any ideas where might be cheapest?
>> >>
>> >> I need enough to cover approx 17 square metres.. Probably just
> want
>> >> standard golden gravel.
>> >

>


> 3 to 4" is impossible for things like childrens push chairs and
> wheelchairs - it's also very hard walking. We had 18mm gravel at our
> last place that I put down to cover over tatty tarmac - it was still
> good after ten years. Here in the new place we have vast amounts of
> 10mm pea beach. It's a pain - gets stuck in the treads of shoes, ends
> up in the house. I'd replace it, but there is amost a 1/3rd of an acre
> of it so it would need a fleet of lorries.

There's also the option of granite chips. The chips bed down and lock into
place. We've got 20 tons of the stuff on a slightly sloping drive - it's
been there seven years. For the first time in that period, we've just raked
it back to pull back the slight downhill drift (produced, I suspect by cars
swinging rather quickly across it) to an even thickness.

It's OK for bikes, pushchairs etc but, apparently, hard going in stilettos.

ISTR that we spec'd 30-15mm.

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PeterMcC

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Nov 20, 2008, 5:10:08 AM11/20/08
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"Huge" <Hu...@nowhere.much.invalid> wrote in message
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> The bags all appear to be non-returnable these days.

Isn't it H&S? Once the bag has been used, left on site and then returned to
the builders' merchant no one knows how much its safe working limits have
deteriorated.

The Medway Handyman

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Nov 20, 2008, 1:01:42 PM11/20/08
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Huge wrote:
> On 2008-11-18, BigWallop <spam....@good-spam-guard.com> wrote:
>>
> The bags all appear to be non-returnable these days.

I've never seen a returnable one either.

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stuart noble

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Nov 21, 2008, 6:23:53 AM11/21/08
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Huge wrote:
> When we laid our gravel drive (actually, gravel over tarmac) about 10 years ago,
> the bags (from Gibbs & Dandy) were returnable and had a deposit that made it
> worthwhile to do so. When we topped off the gravel (for the first time) a few
> weeks ago, and constructed a gravel garden, the bags (from G&D and Buildbase)
> were not returnable. They appear to be identical to the returnable ones, so I
> guess the H&S excuse is reasonable. Seems like a terrible waste, all the same.
>
>
Use it at the Sainsburys check out and you'll get a Nectar point.

Rod

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Nov 21, 2008, 6:59:40 AM11/21/08
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Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case! We only ever get
points for JS' *own* bags being recycled - not when we use 'foreign'
ones. :-(

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