Help with concrete base

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by burnsyscapes, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. burnsyscapes

    burnsyscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    Okay so i have an estimate to do for a paver patio but the customer wants a concrete base since the patio thats there that i will be extending from already has a concrete base. and also he is adventually going to put a pizza oven and outdoor fireplace.

    so what i need to know is whats the best way to do a concrete base, do bags or have someone come in and do it, just sub contract it out to someone. i dont know.

    also im icpi certified but dont know a thing about concrete.

    thanks for any help!
  2. pghlandscape

    pghlandscape LawnSite Member
    from pgh,pa.
    Messages: 61

    excavate area and allow for 3-4" gravel base, 4"concrete + 1" sand (bedding) and thickness of paver, form it up Thickness of paver. pour your concrete and screed it with a 2x4, should be bullfloated but not necessary, allow 24 hrs to set-up , install sand make sure you allow for positive water flow. install pavers, tamp, sweep joints. i would also dowel rebar to existing pad and use 10 gauge wire mesh
  3. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,996

    The plan's not to put the pizza oven and fireplace on top of the new patio, is it?
  4. burnsyscapes

    burnsyscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    its going to be an add on later in the summer, but it will be off the new extensionim going to put in
  5. burnsyscapes

    burnsyscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    oh ya, is the gravel base compacted?

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