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laying pavers in wet conditions

steveair

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
morristown, nj
hello,<p>Just wanted to see how you guys deal with wet days/weeks and paver jobs.<p>I was going to finish a job this weekend, but the rain has stopped my plans. My base is set and all I have to do is screed the stone dust now, but I have had bad experiences with wet stonedust/sand in the past.<p>It will clear up some tomorrow, but the stonedust will not dry out by then, so I guess I am on hold till monday now. <p>Was wondering if any of you screed/set pavers when the site is wet? Everything seems to get real messy (especially me) and nothing seems to work well.<p>Also, was wondering if your cover up/tarp jobs that are not finished when it rains. Many times, I get pavers laid but do not get to cut in the job, and will tarp the area to keep it dry. I did a job once where the pavers got wet before it was all cut in and compacted, and when I did compact it, the area got 'spongy'. I alway feel a bit of comfort in having the job at least all cut in and ready for compaction/sanding if rain is coming.<p>Just seeing how you guys handle rain and pavers.<p>steveair
 

paul

Lawnsite Addict
Location
Chicago,Ill.
Steveair, We tarp our jobs most time, also don't sand or stone dust any more than you can lay and compact in a day, that way your bedding will be right.<p>----------<br>paul<br>
 

Stonehenge

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Midwest
We usually tarp it if the forecast calls for rain. We've been lucky this year, have been able to finish our projects before a rain came and didn't need to tarp.
 

LA-DIY

LawnSite Member
Location
Lacombe, LA
To rehash an old thread -

I have the aggregate (crushed limestone) prepared/packed and it rained (a lot) this morning.

I also use a layer of weed block fabric over the limestone directly under the sand. I spread that over the limestone yesterday.

I have a pile of wet sand now and wet limestone base and fabric.

Can I use that wet sand as the paver base (screeded 1") or do I need to wait until the sand (and everything else) is dry?

Thanks.
 

LA-DIY

LawnSite Member
Location
Lacombe, LA
As a preemptive followup - I won't add the polymeric sand until everything's 100% dry - I'm just talking above about the base sand being wet.

Thanks.
 

Ben Bowen

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
PNW
If we had to wait for dry sand we sure wouldn't get much work done during 8 months of the year!
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LA-DIY

LawnSite Member
Location
Lacombe, LA
I laid pavers yesterday in dry conditions then it rained before I had a chance to apply the polymeric sand. They're squishy this morning. Will they / the sand underneath firm up as it dries?

Thanks.
 

LA-DIY

LawnSite Member
Location
Lacombe, LA
For the sake of posterity - they seem fine. The sand base was wet (from rain the day or so before) when I applied the polymeric sand. A month later and they're firm.
 

alexschultz1

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
north of atlanta
Let it dry. Next time if you cant finish before the rain comes bring a couple pallets and lay some plywood on top of it. Dump the sand on the plywood and tarp it really good. Tarp the crushed base as well.
 
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