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Travertine-Marble Paver Install Questions

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by yardworks inc., Apr 18, 2011.

  1. yardworks  inc.

    yardworks inc. LawnSite Member
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    I was needing some info on sand thickness and the proper way to set the pavers. They are one inch thick pavers from Olympic Stone. I had read on here that someone laid 1/2 plywood on top the did initial compaction. Is this ok or not. Also what about joint sand. Any info would be great. I have alot of experience with concrete pavers just not these. Thanks again.
     
  2. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    I guess that could all depend on the size of the stone, larger they are the easier they will break. Be careful, compactor size will come into play here.
     
  3. yardworks  inc.

    yardworks inc. LawnSite Member
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    8x8, 8x16, and 16x24 are the dimensions, any other info will be appreciated
     
  4. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    I believe that setting them on a mostly compacted sand base is best, if they are on 1" of loose sand the odds are that they will crack when you compact them. Check out some of the techo-bloc videos, they do show some techniqes there on setting slabs on a sand base. If you must compact then you'll need to at the very least, lighten the impact with non woven textile laid on top and a 1/4" sheet plywood. But I'm telling you 1" is way to thin to compact with tiles in the 16 x 24" size. Thats just too much in my opinion.
     
  5. yardworks  inc.

    yardworks inc. LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the info. Would you just set the pavers with a mallet as you go? Also what about joint sand, some say to wash it in since you cannot vibrate, others say just sweep.
     
  6. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    I would use a mallet and sweep polysand when you're finished. Never wash in polysand.
     
  7. yardworks  inc.

    yardworks inc. LawnSite Member
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    Thats what I figured, I just keep hearing all sorts of different techniques on these pavers.
     
  8. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    There may be others who have their opinions but what is known is that compacting a 1" thick stone without any sort of protection, well lets just say I hope you have some spare stones.
     
  9. yardworks  inc.

    yardworks inc. LawnSite Member
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    What about the joint sand? These pavers fit very tight. I have concerns on trying to get the sand in the joint without compacting. I just feel that whatever sand I do sweep in the joint will be blown out while blowing the pavers off.
     
  10. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    So there are no spacers on the stone I take it? Can you lay them with a small space or do they have to go tight together?
     

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