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Border Paving a Garden Shed

I took the opportunity to take some action shots of border paving a shed. When I was doing it before, I was relying heavily on rainfall for the soil to be wet. This time, I tried jetting the water in with a garden hose sprayer. I did it a bit gingerly, having concerns about undermining the concrete slab. Whenever the jet hit a leaf I got a lovely spray of mud in my face. So, raking is worthwhile.

After jetting the water in, I started digging and whacking my block of wood template with a hammer. Notice we have a challenging factor - the bore pit.

Hitting a wood template with a hammer to compact soil under a garden shed
Whacking things can be very therapeutic and even constructive

I tried putting in a brick. By trial and error I kept digging out more and whacking the wood in more, until the brick was both vertical and fitting under the tin sheeting. I VERY GENTLY tapped the brick with the hammer until it fit to my OCD satisfaction. By the time I put in one brick, I realised it was worth removing the cover of the bore pit.

Brick paver installed under tin shed cladding by a bore pit
Satisfaction coated in a thin layer of mud

I proceeded to put in more bricks, before realising I under-wet under the shed. At this point I had two options - backfill and re-wet it or continue and shove moist soil behind the bricks. I chose the second option. I actually backfilled and compacted in front of the brick first so that when I put soil behind it, it didn't shift forwards. I shoved soil in with my fingertips first, then my fist. Try not to punch the brick like I did. Or even better, try to avoid this situation entirely by wetting properly.

Retrofitting brick pavers under a tin shed
Looks easy, but looks can be deceiving

Finally, victory is mine! Let's celebrate small victories before proceeding to the side and the back 😅

Brick pavers retrofitted under a tin shed by a garden bore
Oh yes, I can in fact get satisfaction

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