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laying pavers in wet conditions

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by steveair, Jul 15, 2000.

  1. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073

    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
  2. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    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>
  3. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    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.
  4. LA-DIY

    LA-DIY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    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?

  5. LA-DIY

    LA-DIY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    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.

  6. Ben Bowen

    Ben Bowen LawnSite Bronze Member
    from PNW
    Messages: 1,178

    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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  7. LA-DIY

    LA-DIY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    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?

  8. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,617

    probably not
  9. LA-DIY

    LA-DIY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    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.
  10. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,585

    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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