Irregular flagstone

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by OutdoorCreations, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,174

    Hmmm, crazy how different techniques can be. I've done flagstone set in sand and gravel. I prefer sand for around here without any problems to date and some are 10 years old. To be fair though those patio's had very fine mulch for joints so maybe they help fill a void if they appear.

    I want a base that is going to drain so I don't have water sitting and freezing under our stone creating popping and flaking. That's why I have been doing permeable flagstone joints and base on the last couple jobs.

    I'll spend an extra hour or two gauging my own flagstone in piles of thickness to make installs a little quicker.
  2. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    pay extra for guaged stone and it takes a huge amount of labor off of you. Then get a decent amount extra so you can pick and choose right to the end and toss the awkward pieces (save them for an informal pathway).
  3. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 809

    Any reason why it has to be dry set? I just got done one last week, gravel base 4 inches of concrete and the Gator Dust (or Maxx I think whatever for concrete overlays) in the joints.

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