Removing polymeric sand from salvaged pavers

lakesregionscapes

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Tuftonboro,NH
Did a quick search but didn't spot the answer to my latest speculation... How hard is it to remove polymeric sand from pavers that are being reused?
We have a customer who had us install a walkway and steps with the specific intention of being able to reuse the pavers when he has us tear the entire thing up in a few years when he tears down and rebuilds the house. They are set in stone dust, but the steep hill and water runoff on the site make it a necessity to add stone dust every spring. Was wondering how well polymeric sand would work in this case where we have to get it back off the pavers someday...

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DVS Hardscaper

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County Jail
Removing the poly sand isn't a hard task to do. It's just mundane(sp).

We usually use the claw on a claw hammer. And a masonry trowell. And we scrape away.

The poly sand usually comes off pretty easily.

It's time consuming.

Depending on the quantity it may be cheaper to buy new pavers.

At any rate, you need to charge for your time to scrape the pavers.

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DVS Hardscaper

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To add to what Tim said - Poly sand IS NOT a must. Pavers have been on the face of this earth LONG before poly sand was ever thought of. When we started installing pavers - poly sand was not used.



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lakesregionscapes

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Location
Tuftonboro,NH
That it isn't impossible to get off is useful to know in general - I imagine it more like removing silicone caulk rather then liquid nails or mortar - unlike the adhesive that is securing the steps: those will have to be tossed out... It was more a matter of speculation, and info to hold in mind for the future. We have so far used sand for brick installations, and stone dust for the bigger pavers with larger gaps. The only reason this one is an ongoing maintenance thing is because the gaps are so wide and the running bond runs downhill (because of the size of the pavers any other arrangement looked stupid, and would have needed a lot of cuts). The water comes pouring down the slope and scours the walkway; otherwise over all it has held up beautifully.
The customer loves his pavers, and his walk, so everyone is happy - t'was just one of those questions I ponder during hours of blowing leaves....
Thanks everyone for the quick replies.
 

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