# How much Base Material for Stone Walkway

• posted on October 14, 2006, 11:01 am

All -
I'm looking for a method of calculating how much stone dust I need to buy for my project. I can do the math, I just need to know something like, "1 Yard of stone dust will compress to X Cubic feet of compressed stone in your project."
Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Ratdoggy
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• posted on October 14, 2006, 11:02 am
1 ton covers 100 sq ft @ 2" deep HTH

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• posted on October 14, 2006, 12:45 pm
Just to be sure I understand your information, you're telling me that one ton of Crushed Stone will yield 100 Sq FT of Compressed Base 2" thick?
This is suspiciously like the "one yard of mulch will cover 100 Sq Ft @ 2" thick" thumbrule I get from my local garden center.
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• posted on October 14, 2006, 1:19 pm
El Penguini wrote:

Correct.
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• posted on October 14, 2006, 1:15 pm
El Penguini wrote:

The thickness of the base, and how you are compacting it (hand tamper, plate compactor?), has a lot to do with how much it will compact. Generally I figure about 1/4" to 1/2" for every 2" of base.
Running short is usually a far bigger problem than figuring out what to do with some leftover.
R
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• posted on October 14, 2006, 7:00 pm
I plan to tamp with a rental plate compactor every two inches until I get to four inches of compacted base. I agree with your thoughts on material, but i have about 3/4 yard of 3/4" stone sitting in my driveway because I over estimated. I don't want to add to my pile of shame!
Thanks for the information.
El Penguini (the Italian Penguin lover of international reputation)