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jayleekay 11-01-2011 02:21 PM

patio extension project
 
We have recently ripped out the bushes that were beside the patio to extend it further. We decided to use a ton of rocks that were left over from the previous owners instead of buying pavers or pouring concrete. The rocks vary in size, anywhere from 2 foot squared up to 4 feet by 3 feet. They are all around 6 inches thick. Yeah, they're huge and heavy. However, we have run out of rocks and we have HUGE spaces between our rocks. At the corners there could be up to a 6 inch gap until the next rock. We have quite a few little red boulders but they just wouldn't look right with the yellowish rocks. The little lady wants to use some pea gravel but we also want it to be sturdy. As it is, if we were to put pea gravel in our lawn chairs would sink to the bottom tarp. So, I considered using concrete to fill up all of the gaps but leave about a 1/2 inch between the conrete and the top of the rocks. Then, right before the concrete dries, throw the fancy pea gravel onto the concrete. Any ideas on this? What would a person usually use to fill up the gaps between rocks? I know concrete is not the preferred choice. Whatever we use, it'll need to be sturdy so a table and chairs could sit sturdily.

Thanks guys.

jomama45 11-01-2011 06:50 PM

Your plan with the peastone & concrete should work fine. Usually, the gap would just be filled with limestone based gravel, which looks a little yellowish, and packs in tightly.

jayleekay 11-04-2011 11:49 AM

I was hoping to find some sort of sand or dust at Home Depot/Lowe's but their selection is very limited. I'd like to compact some in to see if it would hold weight. If not, I'll go with maybe gravel or concrete.

Thanks for the suggestion!

kmpittman 11-05-2011 03:46 AM

Paver locking sand becomes very hard after it gets wet, not 100% on how big of gaps you can have that's something to ask the guys at lowes or wherever

Blondesense 11-05-2011 09:58 AM

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Originally Posted by kmpittman (Post 764130)
Paver locking sand becomes very hard after it gets wet, not 100% on how big of gaps you can have that's something to ask the guys at lowes or wherever

:laughing::laughing::laughing:

I don't mean to pick on you, kmpittman, but this is an ongoing peeve here. Be very, very careful taking advice from someone at the apron stores. You may find someone who is knowledgeable, but the vast majority are not experts and may or may not know what the heck they are talking about. A lot of bad advice is given out there.


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