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Posted by Phil Debbie on October 2nd, 1998 09:34 PM

We have installed a reccessed (below grade) patio. We used castible concrete cobblestone pavers. We were planning on building a 2 1/2 ft. stone retaining wall around the perimeter. We were palnning on using the compressed gravel and casted cobblestone for a footing. But now we are reconsidering this decision based on information suggesting a 12" deep footing. We would have to pull up the cobblestones and we are wondering if a footing is absolutely necessary.

Also, we are confused about the mortar mix. A local masonry supply house recommended the following formula:
1 part cement, 4 parts sand, 1/2 part lime. However, books on the subject recommend the following mix: 1 part cement, 4 pats sand, 1/2 part fire clay. They specifically state that you should not use lime.

We'd appreciate any input.

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