I'm getting ready to do about 2,000 sf of pavers. On some of the fields, I
want unique designs rather than the herringbone or basket weave that is so
common. Does anyone know of sites where unusual paver patterns are shown?
"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere
critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly,
Googling 'paver patterns' returns a lot of hits, but any pattern is
based on the size(s) of the particular paver(s). I don't particularly
like the colors in this one, but it gives you the idea of what adding
an additional size of paver can do for a layout.
gee yesterday I walked over a LOT of paver sidewalks, most having
problems from heaving, low spots, and pavers moving apart. I thought
it how sad people spent big bucks putting them in, just to have them
look bad some years later.
I was door knocking for a candidate in a nice neighborhood, geez lots
of homes are needing repairs.
there were enough trip hazard sidewalks to keep a army of lawyers busy
for a lifetime:(
I sold a home a few years ago, and remember well the hassles with home
inspectors, most of these homes wouldnt be insurable if their
homeowners were aware of the conditions.
many of the worst were pavers. enjoy what you choose, but I wouldnt
Same here in the desert. We had quite a bit installed in Las Vegas about
three years ago. Looks exactly the same. BUT, those guys were out there
with a water filled roller packing the heck out of the sand before they laid
the first brick. I think that's the trick. If you live in a place that has
frost heave, all bets are off. A lot of it is doing it right the first
yeah and they still move around, no matter how well you try:(
Well, not really, or not necessarily. As long as the project is properly
designed and constructed they should last about as long as anything else
with little or no maintenance. As others have said the problem generally is
people trying to cheap out on the job, Some good info on installation can
be found here; http://westconprecast.com/pdf/westcon_pavers.pdf
a nearby neighbor spent 15 grand on his driveway, everyone watched the
week project with tons of base work. about 10 years ago
today his driveway looks bad, he is talking of having it redone....
in the old days brick streets were laid on concrete with a good base.
nothing holds up forever
walls are the same way, the best wall is one you never built
It doesn't matter how much is spent, it matters what is done. If the
contractor chooses what he thinks is the "best" way of doing it, and
the contractor doesn't understand soils and drainage, then it's doomed
The correct method in a particular situation may require a lot of work
and expense that will be buried. It might not make sense to use
pavers if it requires going to extraordinary lengths to make the
Not always. Cobbles and bricks were often laid the same way they are
often set today. Remove topsoil and organics, add and compact graded
gravel and sand, set the brick/cobble.
If you've ever seen the miles of fan-pattern cobbles in European
streets that are still in use you'll understand that they can hold up
to traffic. They're also easy, but not necessarily cheap, to repair.
Labor intensive to repair, but when they repair is complete it's
virtually invisible, doesn't leave additional seams (points of
weakness) like repairs in asphalt and concrete, and can immediately be
opened for traffic.
Up North we use crushed rock as the setting bed and use a plate
compactor to consolidate the substrate, then lay a thin layer of sand
for setting the pavers.
Again, a lot of it is in the prep work.
In this area of the north, we do the same thing, except we skip the thin
layer of sand because the ants insist on mining it from under the bricks and
dumping it on the top. Instead we use limestone screenings, the fine dust
and grit that results when they sift it out of washed crushed limestone. It
doesn't stop the ants but deters their activity because the screenings pack
solid and set into a soft "concrete" layer that is hard to dig into.
Possibly, but we don't have granite dust probably because we don't have much
granite available in this area, the local rock is limestone, so we use
limestone screenings which is mostly dust and it does compact almost like
Whether sand or dust you want sharp edges/corners. Masonry sand is
sharp sand. It locks together when compacted. Beach sand has the
edges knocked off and moves around a lot. You can compact it, but
water will cause it to flow. Don't ever build your house with shallow
foundations on a beach.
Totally outside the building trades . . .
1. Scientists call filling space with uniform shapes "tiling."
The current world expert is a Brit. called Roger Penrose.
2. The world expert on architectural and printing layour is
Edward Tufte, see http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte /
You may find unusual ideas at either source.
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