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Old 08-26-2007, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by steve5966 View Post
If your not running the compacter before you put sand on the pavers, your not embedding the pavers into the base sand.

Using plywood will spread the force of the compacter. Which in turn means your not putting enough pressure on the pavers to embed them in the sand.

Use a pad and do it right.
agreed. plywood distributes the force of the compactor and you won't get great compaction. we've used plywood for clay pavers and that didn't set them well enough. For us, fabric seems to be the answer for concrete and clay pavers.

I also agree that putting sand down first will not allow the pavers to set properly. Our guys have done this before, against a raised patio, and we didn't get the 3/8" drop we should have.
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