Belgian Block

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by rpearlberg, May 13, 2012.

  1. Moneypit

    Moneypit LawnSite Member
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    Why would you buy a yard of sand if your only buying 3 bags of portland???
    3 bags of portland and a half yard sand will be more than enough.

    rpearlberg: bags of portland cement are not pre-mixed with sand. You must add sand to the portland cement to mix concrete. You were asking how many bags of pre-mixed quickrete. Sorry but I can't help you with that since I never use pre-mixed material.
     
  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    so you can run short on portland by a half mix, curse, go get more, and have extra sand for mortar
     
  3. rpearlberg

    rpearlberg LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    So I went to Home Depot and made the mistake of asking the guy working near the gravel/sand/concrete what I should get. He suggested just using paver sand and sand/topping mix. I went ahead and bought concrete mix anyway, especially since part of this will be next to the road. I plan to dig down a little bit, fill with sand/gravel then add some concrete, put the block in and then after the blocks are in, put more concrete along the backs of the blocks to hold them in place, then maybe add sand/topping mix just because....after this, I will add top soil and mulch to the flower bed...

    Thoughts? Total will be about 30 regular size blocks in a rectangle.
     
  4. rpearlberg

    rpearlberg LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    I did my first belgian block project yesterday! Installed 28 blocks in a rectangle around my mailbox and flowers. Might not be perfect, but I did it myself in about 2 hours....

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