Friday, May 6, 2022

4/2022 Landscape Lighting Roland Park MD

 

Just wrapped up another landscape lighting project for 2022. With a stone customer from 2012 check out their stone wall http://www.rockinwalls.com/2012/08/beechdale-road-roland-park-md-finished.html

I was able to upgrade a great deal (8) of there old lights with new light bulbs saving 200 watts of power. Then added another new batch on the upper side of the home. Helping to give a lot more functional use on there pathway and porch entrance. I also sleeved in PVC /2" pipe a great deal of the new lines to avoid long term cutting from landscape plantings or weed trimmers. Then a few others in 1/2" copper pipe. The copper pipe looks a bit more finished then then no pipe or PVC. 

These little steps are something others don't take the time to do. Why I don't know. The less need for call backs due to property maintenance damage is key! I'd rather save my clients money from trouble shooting damaged wires because shovel damage. PVC pipe is cheap and doesn't take that much longer to drop it into the ground. 

This project includes many up lights, water lights, decorative path lights and 2 towers (1) 42" and the other 26". Which both give off beautiful shadows in the space. All bronze fixtures with a lifetime warranty (labor not included) I buy direct so I can pass on the savings to my customers.

I believe in building all my systems with the ability to be expanded if needed with above ground hubs. This makes expansion easy. While many companies offer landscape lighting not all hold a BFA in Visual Communications in Graphic Design from MICA Maryland Institute College of Art. Lighting may have basic rules that are followed. But lighting is still not a One and Done! A small change in a light bulb watt can change everything. With my training I can see what others might not. 

I also enjoy lighting spaces using a "NATURAL" approach: ~ Asymmetry ~ Few Shadow Effects ~ Softer Light ~ Architecture not emphasized. 

VS "THEATRICAL" ~ Symmetry ~ Shadow Effects ~ Crisp Light ~ Architecture Emphasized. 













Water feature lights installed in ponds



1/2" PVC conduit piping for sleeving 12 gauge wire to minimize long term damage


Old lights got new LED bulbs saving on power. No need to replace the old with new if they work!

This 26" light is designed to be staked into the ground the client wanted to have it placed on a house sill shelf. So I made a platform 4' x 16" with 3/4" PVC board cut down and routed all the corners and even a cord/cable slot out the back. 




I also added a safety wire on the top back of the light to avoid it from falling off incase of high winds. Just and step to avoid damage. 


I sleeved all the wires going up to the light with 1/2" copper pipe. All connectors and pipe not glued so it can easily be taken apart if needed. Then used copper wire to attach it to the hand railing. 

Need to light up your space? Call today to schedule a site visit along with a demo set up $100 fee. (credited to your project if you move forward)

Sunday, January 2, 2022

2022 Spring Workshops Coming

  We've Missed You! 


Spring Workshops Are Back for 2022!

After a short hiatus (due to the pandemic) we would like to announce the return of our affordable workshops for all who are interested in learning the craft of dry laid stone construction. We keep our overhead down so we can help everyone afford our dry stone workshops. These are crazy times we are living in, but we really want to help you learn something new!  

Paypal links and dates coming 1/10/2022


April 2022
Fundamental Skills Workshop
1 Day Workshops $175*

Free Standing Wall Workshop
2 Day Workshop $350*

Flatwork / Patio Workshop (Sponsors: Grabo Suction Tool & Hadler Paver Mallets)
1 Day Workshops $195*


* NOTE these workshop prices are a NON-REFUNDABLE PURCHASE

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Video: Building a Boulder Retaining Wall

https://youtu.be/VWMFtECM_zw

Basalt Boulder Retaining Wall

Building a Boulder Retaining Wall.

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Descriptions: In this video I cover the methods I used to build this boulder retaining wall. Specs: 44' long x 8' high x 4'-5' wide. Total volume of stone estimated to be 150,000-200,000 pounds. From the equipment to the hands on each stone. This Basalt stone is no joke. Heavy, dense, large, crazy shapes. Stay to the end and enjoy the X10 footage. This stone was hauled off a job site in Whitmarsh Maryland. I've given it a job! No matter what size stone you will learn helpful tips to consider when building your next dry stone retaining wall. I'll point out running joints, zipper joints, 1 over 3, end of a wall, hearting and so much more. So grab some pop corn and kick pack. Enjoy the show.

#drystack #rockinwalls #boulderretaingwall #properdrylaidstone #basalt # ditchwitchsk850plus #DIY #Howto

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Video | Choosing Pattern Patio Bluestone | Grabo Suction Tool

 In this video I talk about what I look for when picking out my natural cleft for each of my clients projects.


Watch the video to learn more.

https://youtu.be/0eS3AUutMFE

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

VIDEO: Pro-Series - TOP SECRET! - Pattern Making Trick - Tracing Natural Stone - Custom Patios, Walkways...


Descriptions: I came up with a method back in 2016 to help save time, money and minimize waste. Guaranteed to help get that desired fit and cut every time. One simple step with a great deal of time saving. Why cut, pick up and set down over and over. This method will help you with cutting large pieces you don't want to lift over and over. Also great for areas which have curves when you are working with pattern natural stone. Or if you have something you are working around.  ------------------------------------------------------ Tools and supplies used in this video. ------------------------------------------------------ - 10 ft. x 25 ft. Clear 3.5 mil Plastic Sheeting (2-Pack) https://amzn.to/38AVEZs - Soapstone marking tool, 2 Soapstone Holders Round with 6 Refills Soapstone Pens for Welding Tools and Welders Markers https://amzn.to/38wcnNH - 6 Pack Sharpie 30101 Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker Black https://amzn.to/2WJVycI - Safety Glasses Infinity Blue Lens (12 Pair Pack) https://amzn.to/2Jowe92 - SHOWA Atlas Fit 300 Rubber-Coated Gloves, All Sizes, Gray/Blue (12 Pair) https://amzn.to/3aGJt00 - Swanson Tool IBX240 24-Inch I-Box Level (Silver) https://amzn.to/38Da7nX - Swanson SVL123 12-Inch by 24-Inch Savage Builders Square https://amzn.to/37Jspo5 - Wall Mallet - Halder Simplex 7 lb Soft-Face Hammer, Black Rubber/Nylon Faces https://amzn.to/3heSfUh - Husqvarna 967682101 K 770 Gasoline Grinder https://amzn.to/3pqQtCn Rockin Walls YouTube Channel is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com FTC Disclosure Statement: Some links on this youtube channel may be affiliate links. We may get paid if you buy something or take an action after clicking one of these.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

GRABO $250.00 Suction Cup - Lifting Vacuum Tool with Natural Stone - up to 375 lbs. Product Intro.


GRABO $250 - Happy to announce my newest sponsor to Rockin Walls. In the months to come I will be testing out the all new to me (2019) affordable GRABO by Nemo Power Tool Co. Suction Cup Tool - Great for Bluestone Pattern patios, walkways. Not to mention just about anything else you can think to lift up to 375 lbs. - 176 lbs for most natural stone. If only I had this for the last two projects my body would have thanked me over and over again.
$250.00 GRABO - Electric Vacuum Suction Cup for Stone, Tiles, Granite, Concrete Pavers & Drywall. Includes 2 x Li-ion Batteries + Pressure Gauge + Carry case.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

LAST WORKSHOP FOR 2020! OCT 23-24 FRIDAY-SATURDAY

LAST WORKSHOP FOR 2020!
OCT 23-24 FRIDAY-SATURDAY. Freestanding Wall Workshop. Limited spots available.


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