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Old 04-21-2010, 03:00 PM   #1
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quick help needed regarding paver patio base


I'm currently installing a 22x16 paver patio with the help of a contractor. When he called the gravel place to get the stone for the base, they said that instead of doing gravel and then sand it wold be better to just put a 6" layer of heavily compacted torpedo sand. Is this really the right way to do it?

Im in WI so we have a bad frost/thaw cycle and its heavy clay ground.

Since the sand is being delivered tomorrow I need some suggestions quickly.

Thanks for the help.

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Old 04-21-2010, 04:58 PM   #2
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I wouldn't but then again I have never heard of tropedo sand. I have installed many a sq. ft of paver, professionally. I have never used strictly sand. 7 inch base and a 1.5 inch sand. We use what is called 2NS sand for screed base.

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Turns out the first gravel place was out of traffic bond so thats why they tried to sell my contractor on the sand idea.

Called up a second place and laying the whole thing with 1/4 traffic bond and no sand.
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