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Cinder block stepping stones 2 years later

how the cinder block stepping stones are holding up after 2 years

The cinder block stepping stones are still in place after 2 years.

A set of stairs for getting down the sloped side easier might be our next creek crossing improvement.

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My son and I are currently building a ford across a shallow creek on our farm in South Georgia. We sloped the sides as best we could with our tractor's boxblade, but large tree roots stopped us from going as deep as we would have liked. We hand dug about 18" from each side of the creek bed and filled that cavity with rip rap concrete bags. This type of rip rap is different from the rip rap rocks you mentioned using. These 80-pound bags are soft pliable concrete when you set them, but turn to a solid mass of concrete when they become wet.

We used a full pallet of rip rap, which is 42-bags of concrete. The fist was $185.00 for the pallet. I think we will use your concrete block idea on the bank sides.

I enjoyed reading your article and your photos were very helpful.


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