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mdlbldrmatt135 06-09-2006 02:20 PM

Stone Patio Base
I live in the NE and am trying to figue out the best Base for a Stone Patio......
I'm limited to the "aggregate" products as the Crushed Limestone & Sub base Is a good drive away.... I figure I'll need 4-5 tons for the 9x24 area @4" thick...... What's the best thing to Use?

billinak 06-12-2006 05:29 PM

Unfortunately, the "best" material to use for this project is not available to you. I put in a brick patio last year, you're supposed to use D-1 gravel, I guess it's the same as the sub base shown on the website, because you need that mix of fine and coarse particles for compactibility and strength. Just the aggregate will not be as compactible as it is missing the fines, so will not provide as good a base for what you need. Maybe your best bet is to go with a mixture of the #1 coarse and screening, but you'd have to mix it yourself as it's going in.

mdlbldrmatt135 06-14-2006 05:46 AM

There is a Diff. pit in town..... the should have the d-1 base IIRC it's AKA Bank Run?

billinak 06-14-2006 11:24 AM

I would be careful about what people call Bank Run or Pit Run, this is gravel that comes right out of the quarry and into your yard. Some places screen it and call it 2" bank run or 3" bank run, so either get a good look at it yourself, or explain to the folks what you plan to do with it and see what they say. I'd say try to avoid anything above 1". You coulkd probably get the sand from the same folks as well. The mixture of grain sizes is the key to compaction, which is the key to a stable and long lasting patio. The material I used was placed on top of landscaping fabric so that all of the fines didn't settle out. I laid in 6 inches of gravel, wet it, then used a plate compactor to compact it into a nice firm smooth base which was graded away from the house. I started chopping sod out on Saturday morning and laid the last paver at 10 on Sunday night, but it was all well worth it, as now we spend a lot more time outside. Any additional work you do now will pay off in durability and appearance. Another great product I used is called Pave Edge,, it works great, will keep your whole patio in place, and is not visible from the surface.

mdlbldrmatt135 06-15-2006 10:32 AM

I'll do some digging
The patio itself is going to be Stone varous shapes & thickness of Slate... (got it for free) I know most of the area is well compacted as I built a Garage there 2 years ago...... I was planning on removing thr 2" or so of topsoil and going from there..... I know there's some of the Sub base under the topsoil.... I had to have 3 loads brought in as the Old garage was built on Tannery ash / Bark and heaved a average of 6" in the winter. I'm gonna dig a coupole of holes to see exactly where the Base mat'l starts...... Guess I'll call around and see who has what in the area....

billinak 06-15-2006 11:13 AM

Sounds like you got it figured out. Good Luck!

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