Geo Grid Driveway Day 3

making progressRight now, I am really wishing I had bought one of these…

Even though it does not seem like we are making much progress, the digging is going smoothly and my neighbor is getting more than a couple of wheelbarrows of dirt… each day I talk him into more. “Hey, Dave, that spot there is looking a little low, you definitely need more dirt there! Oh, and here next to your patio, look at how low that is!”

Also thinking about putting a sign up in the front yard: FREE DIRT. But I talked myself out of it when I figured people would start grabbing bags of gravel instead of the dirt.

Still, my wife and I are managing to not give ourselves heat stroke. The temps have been steadily increasing daily. This weekend, the temps are hitting 80 by 10 AM, so the digging stops early. Might have to set up a lantern outside and start night digging if I want to get this done before football season! The Geo Grid arrived yesterday, but I didn’t have the energy to take photos of the unboxing. Will try and get that done on Monday, since we aren’t near ready to bring out the grid anyway!

On Monday, I am also expecting the landscape fabric to arrive as well. The plan is to lay a couple layers of landscape fabric down before I place the geo grid and the landscape timbers. This will help keep the weeds from taking over for a year or so. Hopefully longer, which is why I am going to double it up.

Landscape Fabric

As we are digging up the yard, we find some stones that we are keeping to the side. I figure if I can accumulate at least one gravel bag’s worth of stones, that will be one bag less I need to put down. Back at it tomorrow!

Geo Grid Driveway Day 2

Getting more digging doneDigging is quite a bit of work when you are used to using a mouse and a keyboard all day. This became painfully evident after the first hour. But I digress from the timeline.

I woke up with a brilliant idea! Yesterday, we had taken the sod around the house to the backyard. It was a long process that required us stopping the digging and taking the wheelbarrow full of sod and rolling it around the house, down one step and up one step then maneuvering the wheelbarrow around the gate in the fence.

This morning, I grabbed my 20 volt circular saw and sliced an opening in the fence in the front yard, so we could drag the sod straight back without a lot of struggle. I wanted a gate there, anyway, so this solved that problem, too!

After that was accomplished, the digging began. My neighbor noticed us working and stopped by to say hi. It turned out he needed some dirt, so I was able to talk him into a few wheelbarrows of dirt. Another problem solved!

While I would have loved to have finished the digging in one day, the heat, my age and my lack of conditioning led me to decide that I should take it a little slower. So each day, the plan is to get three wheelbarrows of dirt out and be happy with the progress. A few times, I saw people driving by with backhoes and I would have loved to talk them into shortening the workload here, but I was too tired to chase them down the road.

Maybe tomorrow I can get them to stop…lol.


Geo Grid Driveway Day 1

When I ordered the Geo Grid, I also ordered some gravel from Home Depot for less than $5 for a .5 cubic foot bag. I ordered 70 bags, knowing I would have order more before the job was done, but I don’t want my yard to look like a department store parking lot.

In the image below, you can see the pallet of gravel. I also ordered a bucket of pathway stabilizer to help solidify the gravel once I lay it down. Obviously, the Geo Grid will be the main stabilizer, but I also don’t want to see my gravel all over the lawn after a winter of snow blowing. I also ordered some landscaping timbers.

After receiving the gravelThe first day was the toughest. I waited until after the gravel arrived to start digging. Home depot is excellent about delivering the home improvement supplies the next day, so I got my timbers and the gravel right away. I had just put together my wheelbarrow a couple weeks ago, so I was prepared for the task at hand, digging. First, I measured and staked out the area to be dug up. The Geo Grid I ordered is 4 inches deep, so I want to make sure I dig an extra inch and then level it out as needed.

The pitchfork was pretty useless, the only thing that worked good was my rounded end spade. I would cut two spade widths in each direction and then pry it up. I cut the sod from the dirt blocks that came up so I could use the grass in other areas in my yard.

After doing a couple rows, I ran into another issue: where do I go with all this dirt? My yard is small. The backyard is smaller than the front yard. The sod raised the backyard by a couple inches, so I didn’t really want to add more dirt to the backyard. So after filling in and ruts around the house and along the side of the street where water eroded the dirt away when we had some heavy rain, I ran out of places to put the dirt. So, I decided to call it a day – to give me some time to figure out where I would take the dirt, because 65 cubic feet of dirt is pretty big when it isn’t under your lawn.

Hopefully this will be solved tomorrow. The temperatures are supposed to be manageable for the next few days, and no rain in the forecast, unless you ask Google Home… she kept telling it would rain the next day and then in the morning would change her tune.

Need A Solid Driveway? Give Geo Grid A Shot!

Need A Solid Driveway? Give Geo Grid A Shot!

I tried to park in my yard last winter when the snow plows needed access to the street. While the ground was hard, no problem. But once the spring thaw hit, the yard got messed up pretty bad. So we decided to get a quote for a concrete driveway. After I was revived from the sticker shock, I decided to look for an alternative.

Geo Grid is what I found.

So I am starting this project tomorrow, since I have everything arriving tomorrow and it is all going to be stacked in front of my garage. I will be documenting this on here so you can see how easy it is (even for someone who does not exactly wield a hammer or shovel on a regular basis).

Stay tuned!

Need A Solid Driveway? Give Geo Grid A Shot!

Air Water Life Brand Alkaline Water Ionizers (Part 4 of series)

Air Water Life Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 7.5In our previous articles, we didn’t go into much detail on specific brands of Alkaline Water Ionizers. Initially, I wanted to give you more of the basic information about these countertop devices that turn your water into ionized alkaline water.

But now, I want to discuss one of the major players in the water ionizer market. Air Water Life is the maker of three popular ionizers and a filtration pitcher. Each unit varies a bit in look and price.

Top Of The Line IonizerThe Air Water Life Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 9.0 is a nice looking device in a steel/silver toned box. This is their top of the line model, and the price tag is still under $1400. It boasts 9 ionizing plates with a self cleaning cycle to prevent buildup. The filter is designed to last for 4000 liters of water processing – although the company recommends you change it annually (unless you run a lot of water through it) – and costs less than $50.  The unit delivers 7 different pH levels – 2 acidic (6.0 and 3.0), 4 alkaline (8.0, 9.0, 10.0, 11.5) and one neutral (7.0).

Deluxe Aqua Ionizer 7.5The Air Water Life Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 7.5 looks pretty sharp in the rose gold color scheme and is very similar in construction and design as the Deluxe 9.0. The main difference is the number of plates in the ionizer and about $100 less in price. The Deluxe 7.5 has 7 plates compared to the 9 plates in the Deluxe 9.0. Because of those two plates, the 7 pH levels that the Deluxe 7.5 delivers is  2 acidic (6.0 and 4.5), 4 alkaline (8.0, 9.0, 10.0, 11.0) and one neutral (7.0). It uses the same filter as the Deluxe 9.0, so the cost is still good long term.

Deluxe Aqua Ionizer 5.0 The Air Water Life Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 5.0 doesn’t look as upscale as the Deluxe 7.5 and Deluxe 9.0, but the price tag is significantly lower, too! It only has 5 Platinum coated titanium plates, which changed the low end of the pH levels to 2 acidic (6.0 and 5.0), 4 alkaline (8.0, 9.0, 10.0, 11.0) and one neutral (7.0). It uses the same filter as the Deluxe 9.0 and Deluxe 7.5, so the cost is still good long term and will last for 4000 liters of water.

What Does This All Mean?

From my research, I would be tempted to get the Deluxe 9.0 over the other 2 simply because of the higher and lower levels of pH, but since I am just starting out with this alkaline water thing, I would probably just go with the Deluxe 5.0 to figure out if I need the extra plates and more acidic water (from what I have read, acidic water is good for external use on the hair and skin – but that would probably be a habit you would have to develop). As I was about to place an order, I noticed that the price changed on me as I got to the cart. The Deluxe 5.0 that I was going to purchase must have sold out from the supplier I was first looking at, because I took too long writing this article… The price went up by $200 because the next supplier probably didn’t buy in bulk. So I am guessing that Air Water Life is probably going to be releasing a newer model of the Deluxe 5.0 to match the 9.0 and 7.5 (the &.5 is actually a nicer looking version of the Deluxe 7.0). So now I am probably going to get the 7.0 for an extra hundred:Check out the Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 7.0

My choice is not necessarily going to be your choice, but I hope you choose one to help improve your health. If you use one of the links on this website, I could earn a commission, which I would appreciate, as I am not paid for these articles.