Originally Posted by cgland
PAPS - We used to use that method, but in smaller/tighter areas it is too hard to get good even compaction. The pedestal method eliminates settling in the steps provided you installed your base correctly. You may be able to get away with the backfill method on 2-3 steps, but on steps like ours, it leaves too much stone behind it to settle if you didn't compact right.
yea i agreed, that when you need the dummy block. + if you use a jumping jack or compact too close it throws the steps out of wack due to heavy compaction and vibration