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Pavers in Concrete?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by BFuller, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. BFuller

    BFuller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Yesterday I had a commercial builder I work for request my opinion on the idea of setting pavers in concrete to "discourage theft." That's a new one for me.

    I recommended that if he's that concerned with someone stealing the pavers that he should just pour stamped concrete in a paver pattern. I told him that pavers need to be on a proper compacted base/sand bed to perform properly.

    I hate to steer a customer away from work that I do but, to me, that's the best alternative in this case.

    Any thoughts? Was my advice sound?
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,018

    Who would steal them?
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  3. BFuller

    BFuller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Good question. This is a commercial site in a newly developed area along a fairly busy highway. It's a service station/food outlet with plenty of foot traffic, too.

    My main question was has anyone ever heard of pavers set on a bed of concrete. I just don't see it performing properly.
  4. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    Just use poly sand. I kill my self every time I have to go to a house and replace one or two pavers, they are damn near impossible to get out if poly sanded correctly.
  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    Your customer is a psycho lunatic. Pavers are WORK. And take effort to move. No one will ever go to the effort to steal them . Thieves do not like to work. That's why they're thieves.

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  6. BFuller

    BFuller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Hey DVS,

    I love your direct approach! Seriously! Although, one time, many moos ago, when I was employed by a landscaper where I did my apprenticeship in the late 1980's, we did this fairly large sod job. Part of it was a 200 ft. long boulevard by about 15 feet wide. After laying the sod I went back to check the job late the next day and some idiots took EVERY piece of sod and laid it over, roots up!

    I didn't know whether to be pissed off or impressed! At least they weren't lazy, i guess. At least it was a decent bit of overtime for myself and another guy to fix it. Luckily it hadn't gotten that hot during the day and the turf was fine.

    I should start a thread dedicated to stuff like that. I love sharing/hearing "war" stories from the plant landscaper!

    Cheers! :canadaflag:
  7. clipfert

    clipfert LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    Are the pavers made of copper??:dizzy:
  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    :clapping: Where's the LIKE button, that made me chuckle out loud!! :clapping:

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