The farthest slab had to be cut to size
The paving slabs I am using for the patio are described as Peak Smooth 600 x 600 x 35 mm. I don’t know how heavy they are, but they take a bit of manhandling. Fortunately I’ve had the assistance of my great nephew to manoeuvre six of them into place on a bed of sand and mortar. The job took us most of the day, but we did other things such as laying more hard core and gravel, beside returning unwanted cement to B&Q. We also collected more gravel from Wicks.
Altogether, the day was very productive. We learnt a few valuable lessons; for example, the amount of sand required will be far more than originally estimated; likewise, more gravel will have to be purchased to reduce the amount of sand necessary for achieving the right height. We were astonished at the amount of mortar that had to be mixed to lay one paving slab.
Now I can understand why having such a job done by a professional is so costly. At least, if I can achieve a reasonable finish, I shall feel that it was all worthwhile and know that I have saved an awful lot of money, but it is going to take a long time.
Tomorrow I doubt much will be done, because there are other priorities; a dental appointment being one of them, plus shopping for necessities and a few things my wife wants to do.