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Old 06-16-2012, 02:07 AM   #1
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Hi,
I am planning on doing a 10x10 patio with 16" patio blocks for the side of my house (light foot traffic).

Does the dug out portion need to be perfectly flat and pitched?

Does the base gravel need to be perfectly flat and pitched?

It seems to me the gravel is the important part since my screed pipes will sit on that and the bricks/blocks are really sitting the sand which will be parallel to thegravel base.

since these are larger blocks, I am planning to do the typical 4" gravel, compacted, and then sand not compacted. I will put the blocks down and sweep sand on top, water down, and sweep again...no vibrating plate....sound correct?

It sounds that with larger block a vibrating plate may actually break the blocks, and many websites talk about brushing in the sand anyway.

Thoughts?

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The better you prepare and level the layers the smoother your patio will be ... Assuming you're not after an 18th century cobbled street look, I'd spend some time leveling both ;-). Compacting the soil is important so that when it rains the patio doesn't sink because of air pockets.

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The better you prepare and level the layers the smoother your patio will be ...
Ayuh,... or another way to look at it,....

You've got 3 chances to get it Perfect,....

The Closer to Perfect, each layer is, the closer to Perfect, the pavers will be....
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Ayuh,... or another way to look at it,....

You've got 3 chances to get it Perfect,....

The Closer to Perfect, each layer is, the closer to Perfect, the pavers will be....
And ultimately it's a lot less work to do the prep correctly than have to fix the layer everyone sees. Same principle applies with tile, paint, drywall, framing, etc etc.
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