Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Grass Man23, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. Grass Man23

    Grass Man23 LawnSite Member
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    What is the best way to compact rock and dirt. Either a jumping jack or a vibrating plate.
  2. GradeMan

    GradeMan LawnSite Member
    from canada
    Posts: 214

    Vibrating plate all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,929

    it really depends on the application. If you are installing base aggregate for a patio, then a vibratory plate is best, but if you are trying to compact loose fill or firm up soggy soil then a JJ is best. Each piece has it's own uses. What are you trying to do?

  4. Grass Man23

    Grass Man23 LawnSite Member
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    we will be compacting base for a wall also gravel and fill behind the wall
  5. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    for the base you could use a sheeps foot trench can get a good 12" of compaction out of a trench roller...plate tampers are really only good for compacting a few inches at a time and do not do well on dirt...for compacting dirt a trench roller is best, but a jumping jack would far as behind the wall i'm not going to say anything as i have never compacted fill behind a wall

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