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bluestone vs. pavers

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Henry, Dec 17, 2002.

  1. Henry

    Henry LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 549

    Is there a big difference in the amount of time to lay pattern bluestone compared to pavers? I know they're larger (heavier) pieces but they also cover more ground per piece.
     
  2. SCAPEASAURUSREX

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    The bluestone will take alot more time to lay , cause of varying thicknesses, so the sand will have to be adjusted for each piece and the pieces need to be fit together, like a puzzel , so it takes some planning to get it all together.especially if irregular. You have to chisel them by hand or do it with a saw and then redo the edges with chiesl to make it look natural. I have heard that some suppliers of the stone will actually lay them out and # them for you with a plan supplied so you just do a lay by #'s type thing.. So that would save alot of time. I did it once just by getting a bunch of pieces of square cut bluestone to do a porch and had to lay it out and measure it and custom cut and fit each piece.. It's alot easier to just lay a pattern of pavers and zip the ends with a saw.....
     
  3. mowing king

    mowing king LawnSite Member
    from ct
    Posts: 85

    Don't use sand to lay the Bluestone in. Use 3/8" stone. You can make the adjustments much quicker. I used to hate doing bluestone until a friend showed me the 3/8" base way. we can do about 300 ft of bluestone a day or 100 ft per guy. and the blue cost me $4.5 a ft. the paver cost. $1.35 to $2.25 a ft depending on the paver.
     
  4. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    You could also use a base of DGA with a fine 3/4" layer of stone dust to set the bluestone.

    Bob
     

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