I'm putting in a short walkway paved with paving stones, between our
sidewalk and the street. I dug out the section and put down paver base they
sell in bags. On top of that I'm going to put paver sand. I got most of
the paver base in and I compacted it last night. I need about another inch
of it before I put the sand on. Last night it rained heavily and the paving
area is flooded full. Has this done any "damage"? When it drains, do I
need for it to dry out for awhile or anything before continuing?
At the risk of sounding sarcastic (OK of BEING sarcastic...), the reason
it;s called "paver base" is because it's used as the base for pavers, i.e.
no sand needed. Just add enough to bring it to the right level, compact,
and add pavers. THEN sweep sand into the cracks. Then drink a beer.
BTW, there are numerous "right" ways to lay pavers. They all work.
All books, pamphlets, web sites, etc I have ever seen call for a sand base
as well. The sand is screeded offering the the flattest surface filling in
slight depressions in the paver base, as well as offering "cushioning" or
the proper amount of give for pounding the pavers into the sand for a
perfectly flat finish.
As u can see by the responses, there r many ways to do this and most will
give u good results.
The paver base I used was from a stone / paver distributer and was very
fine. I put down enough to almost the right level, then tamped, then added
a bit more, perhaps 1/2". I then set each paver and tamped most with a
rubber mallet. Once I was convinced they were even & level I brushed sand
(special stuff) in to the cracks. Finally, added gentle water to help set
the special sand, which gets sticky when water is added so it does not
settle much or run away.
That must be why they don't add water to dga when building roadbeds. NOT
Jeffc gave you a good answer. The water was your helper. Water loosens sand
and compacts dga which is rock and rock dust. Some paver base is just rock
dust. Others have some fragments.
Roll or tamp it while wet for further compaction. Do let it mostly dry
before you proceed.
Wow, lots of conflicting and mis-informed advice on this on.
Water is doing nothing bad. let it dry enough so you can re-compact it
and re-grade it if necessary. Bring up to desired grade, add your 1" or
so of sand then install your pavers.
Post back if you want some tips on getting sand to consistent depths.
The key is your base. Make sure thats pretty close to where you want it
before adding the sand.
The walk is between the sidewalk and the road, and the road has a concrete
curb. I want the pavers level with the curb and the sidewalk, so I'm just
using a 2 x 4 to screed with. I cut a notch at each end to fit over the
curb and sidewalk to a depth of my pavers minus 1/4" to compensate for
compaction into the sand after putting the pavers down.
Yes, but you have to do the extra step you mentioned. I think that's best
used specifically when you don't have anything else to screed against. The
curb/sidewalk being 6 feet apart gives the perfect guides to screed on
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