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Day by Day Project Review of replacing asphault drive and parking area along with concrete walkways with EPHenry pavers. Also recovering  existing cement porch slab and front door step with EPHenry Devon stone.
Date(s): 05/06-31 2013. Album by charles thum. Photos by CT. 1 - 201 of 201 Total. 1357 Visits.
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Generations of Stone Mason experiance

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"dial before digging" call 811 to mark all underground utilities

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measure twice, dig once

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alot of measuring

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from side to side

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elevation reference is established across existing drive

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equipment in place Al Falcone ready

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Let the project begin

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Ground broken
Monday 05/06/2013


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step #1 excavate driveway

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fill 20 cu yd container

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HARD LABOR

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container #1

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excavating in preparation for 10" crushed stone+2"sand & 3"paver

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End Day 1

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Day 2 Tue 5/7
Hand dug


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Rocks & Roots

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restore & repair roof rainwater
  Drainage system


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3" pcv pipe

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connected to existing pipe to curb

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container #2

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containers 3 & 4
End of day 2


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Day 3 Wed 5/8
heavy rain = MUD


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when the going gets tough

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the tough get SHOVELING

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Day 4 Thu. 5/9
First tri axel arrives


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Delivers modified crushed concrete

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23 THOUSAND pounds

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Spread on top of fabric base

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deposited by "bucket"

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raked evenly to 2" layer

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With a Smile :)

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tamping by Albert

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then repeated and raked
 and again and again


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Day 4 Ends

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Day 5 Fri.5/10
Begin marking elevation angles of car park area


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area regraded

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spread to conform with elevation angles

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EP Henry "Driveway" pavers arrive

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18 Pallets

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placed around drive in preparation for setting

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Mix of 3 sizes plus border

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End of Day 5

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Day 6 Sat.5/11
spread & grade sand


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unload pallets & arrnge pavers by size

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finishing touch with sand

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string center line of drive and horizontal top line of apron

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begin laying top row of apron with Coventry 4 pavers

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continue up with "random"instalation of Coventry 3 pavers

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Al Falcone and Pablo proceed paver by paver with a random pattern

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Progress continues, 2 men laying
others assist supplying


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Another load of sand arrives

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Pablo begins the laying the apron with 2 rows of Belgium block

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Cut to prepare for "sailor Course"
   Coventry 4 Border


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EPH Coventry 3 dakota blend
Random Installation


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End of day 6

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Day 7 (Sun./Mothers Day)5/12
     Al Falcone / Wed Anniversary


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Dedicated to completing the project  :)

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Nice Job, Getting near the finish

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next, finish border,sweep coat of bonding sand into seams, tamp,sweep 2nd layer polymeric sand into seams prior to watering

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+ add Belgium Blocks along the border
END OF DAY 7


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Day 8 Mon. 5/13
final del. of modified crushed concrete for front walk


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Work begins to finish the borders

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Course of Belgium soldiers ends parking area

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Al cuts & shapes 1st Belgium for driveway border

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Chips to get proper starting fit

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Chips some more

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The placement continues one by one

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Uniformity and a natural appearance is achieved

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Result speaks for itself End Day 8

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Day 9 Tue 5/14
begins with celebration of second & final load of stone to build front porch & walkway


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Ernie carefully transits up lawn sparing the turf

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Guided by Al Falcone to a Perfect lie among the trees

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until 10 pallets are placed

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close proximity to their area

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120ft Border for new Rose Garden & Forsythia bed
end Day 9


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Day 10 Wed. 5/15
Al prepares bedding sand for rear walkway to car parking


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EP Henry Pavers are carefully placed in "I" Pattern

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Tap Tap

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Al & son Albert mark the arc for the border

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Satisfied with the uniformity of both sides

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Achieves the perfect result

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Work continues to complete borders

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around the entire perimeter

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Belgium course across garage enterance

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around to front walk

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then on down to curb
End Day 10 Wed. 5/15


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Day 11&12 Thu. 5/16 Fri.5/17
Next bonding sand is carefully swept into EVERY seam between all stones


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two men spend over an hour

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"Before" bonding sand

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"After" spreading bonding sand

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Next step the entire area is power tamped after which a 2nd sweep of more bonding mixture

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careful to cover every inch of surface

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nothing is missed

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then comes the water shower to create the bonding

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the gentle showering is repeated three times careful not to erode any of the sand away

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after completing third watering the driveway must cure 48hrs prior to use
end Day 12


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Day 13 (of consecutive work) devoted to clean up of perimiter and work area

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+ spreading & tamping the modified crushed concrete to prepare the front walk for pavers

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New walkway widened to 4ft

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the area along the edge of front porch is trenched to prepare for new stone facing

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tamped to desired level

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and Day 13 (Sat) ends followed by a well deserved Sunday of rest

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Day 14 Mon. 5/20
If you Love what you do, it isn't work


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Check level

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Border set in cement creates dam for sand

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Tapped straight and level

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Post jacked up and cut to rest on top of border

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true and level continous border is created

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End of Day 14 after start of setting random size Devon stone in bed of sand

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Day 15 Tue. 5/21 Front Porch

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Complete setting Devon Stone

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WOW ! what a difference

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First "Test Drive"

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smooth ride

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perfect transition

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MADE IT !

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Test Drive #2

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this is FUN

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SUCCESS !

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End Day 15

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Day 16 Wed.5/22

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Face stone is cut and fitted in cement

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YES !

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A "Brand New Appearance"

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End Day 16

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Day 17 Thu. 5/23
More crushed concrete


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More raking level

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More tamping/compacting

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Until Al is satisfied

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Then the pavers are laid in the selected "I" pattern

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Meticulously

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Preparation is the key to obtaining desired result

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This would challange the best puzzler

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Al is a Perfectionest

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this work requires know how and skill

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Every thing comes together

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Next comes the real tricky part

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End of Day 17
Approaching the "Finish Line"


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Day 18 Fri. 5/24
Chilly, Windy, Pouring Rain
HardCore Hardscappers Weather


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Al cuts in front walk for "sailor course" border

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Walkway meets Driveway

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Cuting each paver to fit

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Walkway Complete

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Next add the "Curb Stone" border

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Perfect arc to straight away

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Nice Work Al

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Welcome to our home
End day 18 begin 3 day weekend


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DAY 19 Tue 5/28
Working in the rain, AGAIN


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95.7 FM keeps everyones spirits up

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Beautiful !

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Just like the picture in the catalog

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This takes a lot more effort than delivering mail in bad weather

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Continue placing EPHenry curbstone

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Stone after Stone

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Cutting to achieve perfect fit

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On it gos

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Chipping away when required

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Albert supplies cement & stones

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and assistance

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Front walk is perfect

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I think we've got it

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TRULY AMAZING CRAFTMANSHIP

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Border for plant & shrub beds

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Each side for beds, front level w/lawn

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Very nice

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End Day 19

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DAY 20 Wed 5/29/13   Container #5
Final full 20 yard container is picked up


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Powerful equipment

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We have "Lift Off"

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Settle Down

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Start your engine

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We hate to see you go

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Remove storm door

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Face front step

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Door placed for cutting to resize


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DAY 21 Thu. 5/30/13
Cut to fit & install stone door tread


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Custom fit

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Finished Porch

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Only one like it in the neighborhood

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Falcone work of art/masterpiece

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Wet Look

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More wet look

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end day 21

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DAY 22 Fri. 5/31/13
"LAST DAY"


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Clean Up

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Finishing Touch

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Weedwacker Proof

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"Falcone & Son"

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Falcone & Apprentice

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Son & Apprentice

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Express our Thanks & Appreciation

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For a "Job Well Done"

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Final Settlement of our account

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Owners of our "Dream Driveway"

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"Wonderful Walkways"

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"Perfect Porch"

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and "Lovelier Location"

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Next Step

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New Porch Furniture

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Will complete the Front Porch

   
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