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Paver/Patio base

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by vipersmith, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. vipersmith

    vipersmith LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 2

    Question concerning Patio base for Stonehenge and or ConcreteChris, but all are welcome to answer. I am presently getting ready to lay my pavers over my base after following both of your recommendations using ¾- and what here they call grit instead of sand. I have already laid down 6” of ¾- in 2-3 inch increments packed down with vibrator and then 2” of the grit/fines, also vibrated down. My question is, do you suggest laying the pavers on top of packed grit or to lay another layer of grit/fines not compacted and tap pavers down with rubber mallet before sweeping with grit/fine to fill voids and then vibrating the whole patio to set? If I do go with 1’ loose grit over the already packed grit, leveled using 1” conduit. At what point do you recommend I install the plastic paver edging? Would that be on top of the packed grit and then add the loose grit or after. I have not seen this issue addressed in any of the previous positing I have read. I closing let me say I have been reading this forum for over 4 years and while I am not in the landscaping or hardscape business, I have found this forum very enlightening and an unlimited source of information. I would like to thank all you posters for the wealth of information I have gained from you all and good luck with your businesses. Plus my lawn looks terrific because of you all. I apologize if I should not have posted my question here and should have been in the homeowner location.:confused:
  2. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    I would not go over 1" - 1 1/2" of sand over the crushed aggregate. Also we do not tamp the sand down, till after the pavers are laid. Conduit works well, but a piece of 2x4 will work better for a walkway, or patio up to 10' wide. Notch the ends of the 2x4, 2 3/8" on both ends (thickness of most standard pavers). When you lay the sand, sit the ends of the wood on your soldier coarse and use it as a screed. This will give you the perfect height for your inner pavers.

    When complete, sweep surface of any sand and tamp. Then sweep in your block with fine sand, or cement dust.

    Hope I answered your question. Any more... just ask. :cool:

    How much are you guys charging per sqft. in your neck of the woods?
  3. Rex Mann

    Rex Mann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 621


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