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Old 07-09-2010, 03:56 PM   #1
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I have a question about laying concrete pavers. Should I leave a gap between them or just butt them against each other. The patio is a 17 ft circle with a center firepit and a wall/bench on half of the perimiter. I am conserned about freeze/thaw (Chicago area) putting presure on the surrounding structures as the pavers are traped by them. If I need to gap them then how much.


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Ours (in Chicago as well) is laid with the bricks right up against each other and it just naturally spreads a little so you shouldn't have a problem with the cold. In fact, we get some moss in between, so the spacing is almost a pain at time.


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Old 07-09-2010, 05:13 PM   #3
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Unless the pavers are perfectly manufactured, you will need some kind of gap. The fat that you have the option not to gap them tells me you have clay pavers??
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:57 PM   #4
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I placed my concrete pavers right up tight as possible to each other to here in Toronto - similar cold as Chicago - ok so far.
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:18 PM   #5
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Always use a click and drop method when installing pavers. The vast majority of pavers have spacer bars on them, which provides spacing between the pavers. I to, am from the Chicago area, and this is my profession. If you need additional info on paver installation, I have published several articles on step by step instructions for paver installation. Here's a link for brick paver installation.

There is also a complete series of articles from, soils, base material, bedding material, install and final compaction. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need any other questions answered.
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