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Paver question

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Westbrooklawn, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. Westbrooklawn

    Westbrooklawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    I'm doing my first paver job... at my own home... figure it is the best place for the hands on learning part. I want to do the project in my spare time... maybe a couple hours a day. I already have the base finished and compacted, and I'm ready to screed my 1" sand base to set the pavers on. My question is this, can I put my sand base on a portion of of the patio, lay around 100 ft. sq. of pavers, and then pick back up the next evening, and once I have all the pavers layed (about 575 sq ft. including walkway), then brush my poly sand in and tamp (maybe over a 4-5 day period)? I could work from one side of the patio to the other, and leave my inside screed support in place to give me a good reference point to work from. Is this an acceptable way to proceed and still get a quality finished surface?
  2. Westbrooklawn

    Westbrooklawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    I KNOW someone on here can give me some help on this issue. My question is a simple one... can I sand a small portion of my project and lay the pavers on that section, and then do the same thing each day for about 5 days, and then spread my poly sand and tamp when I have all the pavers down (about a 6 day total process). Can I walk on the layed pavers before they are tamped in?
  3. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,584

    you need to finish what you screed same day.
  4. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Screed about a foot past what you can lay in a day. Pull your screed rails past the section you are going to lay, fill in the voids and lay your pavers. Next time you lay, dump sand screen and move your rails again. Only thing you have to watch out for is to not step on the unfinished eges or else they will toe on you.
  5. robtown

    robtown LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 224

    If you plan on compacting the pavers you will need to screed 6 ft past the last row of pavers.
    make sure you tarp it if it looks like rain.
  6. Westbrooklawn

    Westbrooklawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    Thanks to all... I think what I am hearing is that I should lay what I can per day, and screed at least a foot beyond that. Next day screed and lay pavers, again leaving at least a foot screeded beyond that are. Stay off edges! Tarp if it looks possibility of rain. When all pavers are laid, sweep poly in and tamp entire area. Has that got it?

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