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Old 05-21-2012, 06:21 AM   #1
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Was searching online if pavers can be ordered online. My local retail store is $4.75 a square foot. Lowes wants about $3+ per each stone. I stumbled across interlocking paver molds. If i used commercial grade concrete and made my own pavers would the be as strong as manufactured made pavers? I figured this would be time consuming but may save a couple $100s comments.

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How many pieces does the mold make?
How much concrete does it take?
How many batches can be made in a day?
Do you want colored pavers?
What does the concrete cost? And colorant?

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I am not going to color them. I am going to contact the supplier about how much concrete each mold makes. I would be ordering 24 molds and they have to sit 24 hours. The dimension of the molds are 9"x6"x2.5" this will be used for a walkway and driveway.
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You can only make 24 each day? How may days will it take to make the number that you need?
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Molds are $89 for 24 of them maybe I'll look around more unless they give me a better deal
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ryan -

I hope you realize they are not the same as an interlocking concrete paver that is smaller (abot 4" x 8" and is probably thicker). If those are the irregular shape molds they may be adequate for a patio and sidewalk, but not for a driveway. I assume they are not real iterlocking pavers, but just have an over-all interlocking that does not provie pavement strength.

The interlocking concrete pavers are a minimum of 8000 to as much as 10,000 psi zero slump concrete, while concrete that you mix yourself is 3000 psi or possibly 5000 psi. The interlocking pavers get the high strength of the pavement maily from the installation method and the interlock between the butted pavers that get fine sand vibrated into the joints.

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Interesting. Thank you I didn't think that a driveway would need that strength. I will have to look more into this.
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It may help to visualize the strength needed in a driveway if you remember that the entire weight of the vehicle sits on 4 contact patches measures in square inches.
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Why don't you hire a concrete artisan to pour and stamp whatever pattern you want in the driveway and sidewalk. I assume it is not poured yet? Seems to me raw colored concrete pavers are going to look kind of weird? An artisan will know how to work with color and staining to get you just what you want.
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At this time it is not in the budget. My driveway is estimated: 17ft x 5ft goes into a single stall garge. The problem is of course, when someone parks in the garge the person in the driveway has to move out for the car in the garage to get out. Also just had two big trees removed which lifted the driveway by the garge and sidewalks.

My solution was to widen the driveway so a car can pull out of the garge with not moving the other car, more parking. I was looking into a gravel drive way outline it with brick/pavers. My house is a ranch brick house. My wife is not to happy with this idea. So I am looking at some fix for now that I can do.

Right now is 3 slabs of concrete.
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If you can't afford a paved driveway---use gravel---that is a tried and true method.
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That's what i originally wanted to do. I wanted to outline it with pavers and use gravel. My wife doesnt like the idea. Living in northeastern pa not sure how it would be in the winter.
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You can only do what you can afford to pay for---

I have a gravel drive---coarse rock--then finer crushed rock--topped with lime stone screenings--

Every few years I need a top coat---the plow tends to shim of a bit each year---
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