View Full Version : Screening or sand??

11-25-2009, 09:46 PM
I have not worked on many hardscape projects but would like to start getting in to it. When you lay larger size pavers do you use screening or sand?

11-26-2009, 12:00 AM
What do you mean by "large"? Like 8x12/12x12 or large slabs like 18x18/24x24?

11-26-2009, 12:37 AM
like an 18x18

11-26-2009, 01:34 PM
Concrete product or natural stone? How thick are they?

11-27-2009, 11:06 AM
concrete, about 1-1/2" thick

11-27-2009, 06:44 PM
I would use "stone dust" for any slab installation that won't be compacted.
btw, screenings is another word for the setting bed.

11-27-2009, 07:52 PM
For my patio installs I use 5" of 5/8" minus and 1 1/2" of 'decompose granite'. The fine granite compacts way better than the other local 'fines'.

11-27-2009, 10:07 PM
for patios I've used a 3/4" crushed stone, with a leveling bed of either sand or stone dust. If you're talking a uniform patio material, then stone dust would be the way to go, assuming a quality concrete mix. If it were flagstone I generally go with sand as a leveling bed.