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jkon51 04-15-2010 08:56 AM

Brick paver help needed
I'm knee deep into insalling a clay paver walkway and having difficulty getting my sub base level. The walk is 22' x 4' and slopes about 4'' lengthwize. I've dug to 12", compacted the subsoil and have so far added 2 - 3" layers of crushed base compacting in between. I'm doing fine keeping it level side to side, but am getting lots of high/low areas lengthwise. All the online info states a "level subbase" but don't tell you how to achive this. I desperatly need to correct this in my last layer of base. Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!

CoconutPete 04-15-2010 09:23 AM

Hammer stakes into each corner and run a string between them. Use the string for reference?

GardenConcepts 04-15-2010 05:40 PM

I use screed pipes to do what you are trying to do. If you buy 4 pcs. of 1" heavy duty galvanized electrical conduit, you'll have screed pipes. Get your crushed stone close to finish height (up and down waves in the surface is ok, but try to get it close to finish height minus 1".). Then set the top of the pipes where you want the top of the finished gravel. Get a straight piece of 2 x 4 and scrape/screed the gravel perpendicular to the pipes. When you are finished, remove the pipes and carefully fill in the grooves left behind and compact.

jkon51 04-16-2010 10:57 AM

Thanks! I have been sceeding the base material but without the rails, I don't know why it didn't occur to me to do it the same way the setting sand is done. Thanks again.

Allison1888 04-16-2010 04:12 PM

Great advice on the pipes! Will use that for other leveling projects.

stuart45 04-16-2010 05:09 PM
This site may give you some usefull info.

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