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hand vs power compactor

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Does a hand compactor (tamper) do as good/better/worse a job than a power compactor?

I could rent a small loader and a compactor to do a small garage project but then I could do it by hand and get the exercise. Our local building materials suppliers go on vacation leaving noone in the store during the summer months (go figure) so I might as well take advantage of the time and get some honest exercise. But, am I doing as good a job as if I hand a power compactor?

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The plate (power) compacter does a far better job of compacting something like this. If you're set on using a hand tamper, at least soak the gravel very well after tamping & a few days before pouring concrete.
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