12:16PM | 06/13/03
Member Since: 01/05/03
12 lifetime posts
I am installing patio pavers in my backyard, and most resources i have read suggest 1-2 inches of coarse sand underneath the pavers, plus to use the sand to fill in the gaps between pavers.

I have very sandy soil, and was wondering if I could just reuse the sandy soil I was digging up instead of buying coarse sand.

How important is it to put down 3-4 inches of the crushed rock under the sand?


Randy Colin

04:36PM | 06/13/03
Member Since: 04/14/01
43 lifetime posts
Hi patchen, Everythihg you mention is important to do the job right and to make sure you don't have to it over.The reason coarse sand is required is because the different sized sand will lock together to form a solid surface which will prevent the pavers from shifting.If you use loose sand the sand will continue to "move" and the pavers will" move" along with it.
This holds true with the base that s required.The stone and sand will provide a solid base along with the proper draiage needed to keep the pavers from shifting.
Hope this helps.


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