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Old 08-16-2006, 09:34 AM   #1
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I saw my neighbour who hiring a company laying flag stones for them. The way this company did it is new to me, the dig out the muds, they pour concrete on fhe floor, then they lay the stones onto the concrete....

This is different from the traditional way of laying sands, limstones...etc.

Anyone knows the pros and cons of doing it that way? I can see this could be a much easier job for them to do as pouring concrete probably easier than leveling those sands, impacting them with those machines...etc...

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Old 08-17-2006, 10:58 AM   #2
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I saw my neighbour who hiring a company laying flag stones for them. The way this company did it is new to me, the dig out the muds, they pour concrete on fhe floor, then they lay the stones onto the concrete....

This is different from the traditional way of laying sands, limstones...etc.

Anyone knows the pros and cons of doing it that way? I can see this could be a much easier job for them to do as pouring concrete probably easier than leveling those sands, impacting them with those machines...etc...

What makes you think that setting flagstone in concrete or mortar is not a traditional way of doing it??????

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  1. Laying flagstone patios in sand, as opposed to mortar or concrete, is known as "dry construction." Dry construction is easier for do-it-yourselfers than wet consruction. Not having to worry about finishing your stone placement before a layer of mortar hardens makes for a much easier project. You can make adjustments as you go, on your own time-table.
  2. However, wet construction is more "permanent." Stone laid in sand will have to be re-adjusted over the years. As settling occurs, you will have to add sand, to keep the desired level. If you don't mind tinkering with a project after it's "done," this shouldn't present a problem. Just make sure you stay on top of it, so you don't end up with a lawsuit after someone trips over a loose piece!

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thank you for your information... like you said I have no idea which is considered tradditional... may be it just because I myself seeing "dry construction" only before...

base on your description, sounds like if to hire someone to do it, "wet construction" is a desired choice, well, if there is no price difference... but could you let us know which approach cost more for installing... then....as wet construction underlayment is concrete, would it cause water distribution problems when comparing to "dry construction".... well... so much to ask.... just out of curiosity... I don't think I have the budget to do any stone work either by myself or hire someone now... but may be in the future... when I talking to the contractor... knowlege definitely help...
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With the wet construction you will run the risk of the concrete pad cracking, the crack tranfering to you patio surface. That is unless the pad was poured properly, with expansion joints, and those joints are in the stone work as well, then if it cracks at least it crack there. If there are large trees nearby the dry method would allow more water to penetrate, however I think airflow to the tree roots is just as important and I'm not sure if either method would allow that.
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I will not lay stones no more as I finally decide to go with composite deck... may be just lay a little bit on the front yard, for that I am sure I will use interlock... ie. dry installation...anyhow, this is a lower priority project for me now....

On the other hand, I saw the result of my labour of the "wet installation"... I have to say, it looks a bit artifical to me when comparing to "dry installation"... i.e. not that natural... or in layman's term, not looks as good as "dry installation"... as looking is one important factor for stoning... I would suggest people use "dry installation" techinque...

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