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Why 'screed'?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by georgel, Jul 13, 2001.

  1. georgel

    georgel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    Why do we call it 'Screeding' when it could be called 'leveling' is there a fundemental difference that I am missing?
  2. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,211

    The word screed means the tool that you use to make walls or paved, or concrete surfaces level; or the result of using such tools. So it is common to say screeding for leveling, because we use a screed to level.
  3. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,277

    Yup - terminology of the trade. Also, you usually aren't 'leveling' it per se. You usually are putting a pitch on it, so 'leveling' would be a misnomer.
  4. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    What a great question! This is a nifty bit of landscape 'trivia'.
  5. georgel

    georgel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    What if the ground that you were installing the paver was perfectly flat? Would you still be putting a pitch on it?:D
  6. CMerLand

    CMerLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393


    Yes you would so that water runs off of it away from the house. I believe the rule of thumb is one inch per 10 foot but may be wrong as im not a concrete guy.

  7. georgel

    georgel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35


    I was just havin fun with it. 'Screed' is just such an interesting word that I wondered if there was some background with it. Never the less, fear not. I shall here to not question the ancient ways of landscraping ,uhh scaping again :D

    Thanks all for the feedback
  8. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,211

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