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Old 02-10-2014, 09:17 PM
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Poly sand question

What is the best way to prep an existing patio for poly sand?
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:13 PM
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Get a hot power washer and blow out all the joints and clean the pavers. Let it dry blow it off with a leaf blower and poly sand it.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:41 PM
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It really depends what condition the pavers are in. Particularly, what condition the joints are in.

If the pavers and/or joints have a fair amount of moss or weeds or anything organic on them, then we will usually talk the customer into a thorough pressure-washing of the pavers and joints. But in the case of weeds in the joints, often a pressure-washer will not get all of them. So then we have to follow up with a little flat screwdriver and actually pull the remaining weeds out of the joints after the pressure-washing has been done.

Then we'll typically wait a day for it to dry, blow it off, and apply poly sand. Sometimes if it's a small patio or small job it's not worth coming back on a different day. In those cases, we'll dry off the patio with the big propane torch (small patio, takes maybe an hour if it's a warm, dry day) then we'll blow it and do the sand the very same day.

Then again, I've had patios that were already pretty much totally clean and we had to do nothing but sweep sand in the joints and set the sand.
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:02 PM
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Thanks for the answers guys!

Tom, I enjoyed a webinar you presented in the other day that was hosted by ICPI. I'm sure everyone on our crews youtubed you after. Its a great thing you are doing for the industry. Thanks!
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:39 PM
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kill the weeds first. Dead weeds wash out a little easier.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:28 PM
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I know. I know. I would have liked to. The job I was referring to where we had all the trouble with the weeds was last March. You can't really spray weeds and have it really be effective in Oregon until around May. It is just too cold, wet and rainy. The plants are already drinking more than they need. You don't get good uptake. So in that case, we just had to try to jet them out and then go back and pull the ones that didn't come out by hand. Sucked!
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:54 AM
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Thanks for the answers guys!

Tom, I enjoyed a webinar you presented in the other day that was hosted by ICPI. I'm sure everyone on our crews youtubed you after. Its a great thing you are doing for the industry. Thanks!
That was my father Bill. I'm glad you liked it, I helped him put together the power point.
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Kudos to you and your father then

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I have found that blowing the joints out with a tow behind air compressor to work better.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:22 AM
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I have found that blowing the joints out with a tow behind air compressor to work better.
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Actually not a bad idea. Would think that it would disturb the sand base less than water at high pressure.
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