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paver patio sand (please help)

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by FERT-TEK, May 25, 2005.


    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,035

    Little paver experience, just what I have read. So, consider me a homeowner on this one. The only job I have done is the one you are looking at, which is my back yard patio. It is 400 sq/ft paver patio that is held in place by a retaining wall. Over the years the sand and base that holds the last row of bricks along the perimeter of the patio has washed away causing the bricks to dip almost 1". Today I rebuilt it using paver base and more sand on top to level the bricks. Looks pretty good for a homeowner job. Now I want to lock it all in with the real fine sand. I think it is called playground sand at Home Depot.

    My question is how much sand do you suppose I need to top dress the entire patio. Most of the sand locking it in place has washed away and should be redone. I sprayed the weeds with roundup and plan on scrubbing the bird **** off also. Any other advise would be greatly appreciated. the pictures are of of the areas I had to repair.

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    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,035

    Just viewed the pictures I posted. they dont show the gaps between the bricks very well. I would estimate 1/4" of sand missing between the bricks in the center of the patio and up to 1" along the perimeter.
  3. Edgewater

    Edgewater LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 457

    Nice job for a first patio :cool2:

    I like to use the binder sand with the polymer in it. One bag will fill about 100 sq ft. Sweep it in, tamp, sweep again, mist with water (make sure there is none on the surface) and tamp again.

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,035

    Edgewater, thanks for the reply. Can I buy that sand at Home Depot or do I need to go to a nursery that sells hardscape supplies.

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,035

    Bump, love it when I am leading the thread in posts when it is my thread. Bump
  6. Edgewater

    Edgewater LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know that our local building supply has it, not sure on HD. They will if they sell any pavers.
  7. MarcusLndscp

    MarcusLndscp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 634

    I'm not sure how much volume you get from that downspout from your gutters but it would be of concern to me if I was doing a patio and had it flowing right on to your paver surface. I agree, if your a homeowner I would say you've done a good job with it.
  8. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    Use Polymeric Sand And Your Problems Are Over.
  9. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ya ,we have gone exclusively to that this season.
  10. FERT-TEK

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,035

    Poly sand it is! Curious what makes it better than regular sand? Regarding the downspouts I havn't repalced the splashblocks and extensions yet. I took them off to work on the areas that were damaged.

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