How do you ....?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Dirt Boy, May 2, 2010.

  1. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    How do you guys/gals install these small concrete edging "pavers" that you buy at the box stores?

    I've installed a few, but always wonder if I'm doing it the "right" way. Do they need a base like for regular pavers, or is sitting on bare dirt OK. It would just be for a single row style, many different types, like small crecents, bull nose, etc.

    I never have seen any instructions for doing it, and some people just lay them on bare dirt and go, but it seems they ought to be buried a little or they'll just move around the first time they get bumped.

    Thanks
     
  2. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    Wow!
    Nobody does uses these guys?:)
     
  3. Long

    Long LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    a link to what your talking about? I would "NEVER" just lay something down without a base.
     
  4. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Messages: 1,890

    dig and place. i would neer use them. good luck tamping a 6 inch wide base
     
  5. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    If your talking about the block bricks that cost like 2$ a brick, they're trash IMO my neighbor layed them down in his yard and less than 6 months later, they started cracking. But a rubber mallet will be your best friend when laying these!
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  6. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    Yes, the type most big box stores sell. They are intended for decorative edging, flower boxes, etc. Perhaps. at the most, your looking at 3 or 4 courses tall.
    You see them all over, people build them themselves, and I just wondered if there is a "proper" way to go about it.

    If your supposed to have a "base" looks like a lot of hand tamping to get such a narrow base, and I guess I'm just wondering if there is a "professional" way to install these.

    Thanks
     
  7. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Messages: 1,890

    yes you need a base atleast 12'' hand tamping wont work. those block are garbage
     
  8. whosedog

    whosedog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 730

    I made a nice raised flower bed in front of my house using those HD blocks 8 years ago using no base,just hand tamping and a little sand to level the blocks.It still looks good and I get complements on it;but I'm not a professional hardscaper so what do I know.
     
  9. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    Well, I think somebody's blowin smoke:nono: 2low4NH, unless your saying it needs to be 12" wide x ?? deep.

    And although they may be junk, there's sure a lot of them around.... just sayin, if someone wants them installed, I may just as well be doin it as the next guy.
     
  10. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Messages: 1,890

    i thought you were talking about edging. this would be wall block yes good base bury a course to set level. road base or crushed gravel compacted back fill. all said and dne for cheap. i think a quick upsell to a real block is a better choice.
     

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