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Laying Brick Paths

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Bleed Green, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,514

    I have been looking at this forum for a few months now and you guys seem to be very knowledgeable so I thought I would sign up on the forum here and ask my questions.

    I am about to lay a brick path in my backyard and I am wondering how much gravel you guys think I should put under it as a base. I was thinking 4 inches of gravel and 2 inches of sand on top of the gravel just to level the bricks. Does this sound about right?

    The last time I laid it I did not put any gravel under it and it is starting to sink in spots so i am going to try to fix it and shore it up with the gravel.

    Thanks for your help
  2. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,484

    You should post this in the hardscape forum....
  3. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    Post in the Hardscape section.
    You will probally need fabric under the base as well.
  4. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    BleedGreen.....hardscape forum should give you some interesting feedback. We do it all the time here with brick or rock for patios. Alot of your base is geographically specific.......call a local supply yard and they will give you some good info. For my region, we dig down....compact the natural, add a landscape barrier and then 4-6" of road base compacted with 2" of sand on top. I do this for stairs, walkways, patios.....any hardscaping. Compaction is a key......rent or borrow a heavier machine than you think you will need or just an ordinary plate compactor will work - but, if you use a plate compactor put your material down in 3 lifts of 2" a piece, and compact each lift. Have fun......
  5. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    Here in Georgia the ground is so hard we usually need only 4 inches for a walking path and cloth is very rarely used.

    As RSG said very geographical.

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