Construction Detail

Trim the diagonals. With a long straightedge, mark the over-long, uneven ends of the diagonals to trim them Hush with the ends and edges of the rails. Cut the diagonals to their proper length with a circular saw. (See Figure 1.)

1/Thm the diagonals after you attach them to the base rails. This way, the ends of the diagonals will all be even A straightedge, clamped to the mat provides a guide or a "fence" for the saw and ensures a straight cut o

Attach the remaining side rail and the assembly with 8d nails. Then attach the stiles. Remember, stiles. At tach the remaining side rail to the the rough-cut faces should be turned to the outside.

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2 If you lay the mats directly on the ground, remove the sod and put down a base of gra vel (for drainage) and sand (so that you can easily level the surface). Stake the mats in place with 180 lengths of rebar.

7 Lay the mats in place (optional). If you're laving the mat directly on the ground, or if you're making a walkway or a patio from the mats, you'll need to provide drainage and a level base. Remove the sod from the area you want to cover, and dig down approximately 6". Spread gravel 3" deep, then 2 "-3" of sand on top of the gravel. Tamp the sand down, then level it with a trowel or the edge of a wide 2 x 4. Lay the mat or mats in place on top of the sand, and fill in around the edges with more gravel. The mats should be set in the ground, with their top surface slightly above the surface of the ground.

To keep them from shifting, drill ^ "-diameter holes near the corners of the mats, through the diagonals and the base rails. Drive I8" lengths of "4 "rcbar" (reinforcing rod) through the holes, down through the sand and gravel, and deep into the soil. (See Figure 2.) Using a scrap of rcbar as a giant nail set, "set" the upper ends of the rcbar so that they are slightly below the top surface of the mats. If you hit a rock with one of the lengths of rcbar, cut the rebar off flush with the mat.

2 If you lay the mats directly on the ground, remove the sod and put down a base of gra vel (for drainage) and sand (so that you can easily level the surface). Stake the mats in place with 180 lengths of rebar.

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