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driveway to 17th hundreds country house in the cotswolds our remit to use a suitable material. we chose a reclaimed granite sett cubes with varying sizes to form a bogen pattern.we used a band of 3 setts to all outsides. view to house photo 123.jpg

 photo 122.jpgthis gives us levels and falls for water we also place our gully pots to catch all the debris they are fitted with sludge buckets  photo 120.jpg we then started from the far side working to the gate we set up our templates which i designed my self.they are better than the old way of laying. photo 124.jpg the setts are laid on a 4/1 sharp sand cement mix tapped in to level with lump hammer  photo 125.jpg as you can see we have a gazebo x2 which gives us 32m2 of protection from rain and sun they are tested to 70mph winds there from poptents northern ireland.

 photo 127.jpg the start f the bogens  photo boghens001.jpgsrc="http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/cookiewales/sneed%20boguns/128.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 128.jpg"/> you can see the gully which is covered over to stop sand cement droping in. photo 130.jpg working under lights very good for winter work as we stay local to the project we like to work 12hours if we can except friday noon finish to head home 4 hours to york from here

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moving up the driveway rain every day and wind but we love laying setts in any weather. photo boghens005.jpg starting to take shape now  photo boghens007.jpg

 photo boghens013.jpgside parking area we changed the way the bogens went looked better than trying to lay them through the band  photo boghens017.jpg  photo boghens018.jpg the house in sunshine . photo boghens019.jpg

more pictures  photo P1260161_zps49015aa2.jpg birds eye view you can see the level changes. photo P1260163_zps991a8dd1.jpg side view . photo P1260164_zps50770904.jpg looking down as you can see we have to use the smaller "setts" to start the bogen once you get into the swing of it its fun. photo P1260165_zps7dea1839.jpg  photo P1260166_zpsf51e8312.jpg up to the gate  photo P1280167_zps2e5ed8fc.jpghappy layers  photo P1280168_zpscede3fa8.jpg there i am in front of the camara photo P1280170_zpsfaf091cf.jpg more birds eye  photo P1280171_zps9026f7ca.jpg  photo P1280173_zpsda3210eb.jpgoh dear dark again  photo P1280176_zps5b033d8b.jpg am ready for a few beers hard day at the office. photo P1280177_zps69b7f298.jpg were there at last total m2 240. 17working days at our hours  photo P1290178_zpse351c3df.jpg this is inbetween stone pillers for gate band of 4 two eachside of gate happy days  photo P1290180_zpsb9412334.jpg

pictures taken from top of wall photo P1290183_zps6a6e9e07.jpg  photo P1290185_zpsf93027ee.jpg . photo P1290182_zps03f741c4.jpg  photo P1290181_zps745161b3.jpg

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Peter sellers posted a discussion
Anyone has any bright ideas on cleaning a very large area of cobble stones that were laid over a 100 years ago, the gaps between the cobbles are full of compacted soil and hardcore. No weeds or moss.Pressure washing due to location impractical, the…
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Jim Murray replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Price increase
"£30 takes me 25 minutes on my own £60 takes around 45 minutes "
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Vic 575 replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Price increase
"Thanks Jim.
But how long does each of those examples take you to do?
It’s all relative isn’t it?
This afternoon I did a one off job for the large country estate I do regular work for. It took me two hours. The fee was £100. Again, I would not think…"
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Jim Murray replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Price increase
"£30 to £39 for grass cutting
A £60 job to £78"
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Vic 575 replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Price increase
"I would be interested to know what sort of prices you are working to in order to achieve a 30% increase. Give us an example of a 30% increase.
As I implied, there is no way I could increase a £240 job by 30 %. That would mean putting it up to £312.…"
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Jim Murray replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Price increase
"I put some of my prices up 30% yesterday if they stay great if they go im not bothered. 
My electric has went up over the past year by 45% my oil heating food has gone up for the house
For work fuel repair bills new equipment insurances road tax van…"
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Good consistent products and excellent customer service are the two reasons why Jeremy Browne, Head Greenkeeper at the Herefordshire Golf Club, chooses to use Mansfield Sand.Established in 1896, the Herefordshire could well be the oldest club in the…
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John F replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Price increase
"I suspect those slots will be filled by neighbours ,relatives , friends etc  looking for ways to top up Thier income ."
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Stephen r Brook-Smith replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Price increase
"I suppose if your already comfortable and charging enough you don't have to increase , I'm going to increase some, but not all 
And also there's a few jobs I underpriced last year which I will now be able to rectify,
Hopefully it will windle out…"
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John F replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Price increase
"A fair going rate is one which is relative to your market place . 
Current increase for me is to keep in line with inflation and not about increasing profits 
5.4% inflation is a massive increase in my area even for the well heeled customer ,…"
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Adam Woods replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Price increase
"Agreed 100%
Many of those who are going to be affected in my clients have been with me 4 to 5 years (since I started the company). They give very nice pressies at Christmas and most I think know they are getting a bargain. I now want to drop back to…"
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Honey Badger replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Price increase
"Depends on circumstances. I wanted to put my rates up in 2020 but with covid it didn't seem right. Now the cost of living etc etc gone up its time to charge more. I booked in new regular work at my new rate testing to see if it's acceptable.
One…"
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Luke brooks replied to Stephen r Brook-Smith's discussion Price increase
"5% inflation plus fuel costs and living wage increasing I think 10% is fair. Rounded to a full pound. I put up in April as I know I can readily replace any I lose and would welcome a Saturday off ! So overbooked and weather not holding me back yet. "
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Luke brooks replied to Luke brooks's discussion A different hedge experience
"We are very lucky getting to work outside. I lasted a week in the first lockdown before going back to work most clients not in residence as often not in the country. Very few hospitalisations for the vaccinated now so I'm not worried. Common sense…"
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Luke brooks replied to Luke brooks's discussion A different hedge experience
"I agree wearing masks outside now is unnecessary but I'm comparing to a year ago, I don't expect people to give 2 metres either but shoulder barging isn't ideal. I welcome 2019 again but the post is merely a comparison and missing the good points.…"
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Cleaning cobbles

Anyone has any bright ideas on cleaning a very large area of cobble stones that were laid over a 100 years ago, the gaps between the cobbles are full of compacted soil and hardcore. No weeds or moss.Pressure washing due to location impractical, the…

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Price increase

Evening all , raring to get back at it now and I'm going to increase my charges across the board I'm wondering if it's best to increase by a set percentage and how everyone else goes about it ? Email?? Fuel and equipment costs are rising so I feel…

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