06:43AM | 06/20/03
Member Since: 05/27/03
4 lifetime posts
I read some information on using the right type of sand for setting bed. It suggests
that using a coarse concrete sand or stone
sand as a setting bed. Stone dust or limestone screenings is not recommended since it does not allow water to drain which cause rutting and settlement.
Can somebody comment on the information.

Also what is the difference of using
"gravel of limestone" and "crush concrete stone" as the aggregate base.
One contractor discouraged me from using
crush concrete stone since he said that
the crush concrete stone might mix up with
gabage and other dirt.


03:54PM | 03/10/04
Member Since: 03/09/04
32 lifetime posts
Hello BobbyMac,

It's true that you want to use a free draining masonry sand. Other free draining sands work well too. Stay away from stone dust for many reasons. Holding moisture and settlement are only two of many concerns.

As far as crushed concrete goes, avoid it. Only because you won't find it in the crushed size that you need. And if you did, it still wouldn't interlock when compacted like a true crushed stone will. Mixing up with garbage and other dirt? LOL, that sounds like a feeble effort to change your mind. Knowledge is power folks, and that guy didn't have it.

George Nicula


Professional Landscaping Companies, LLC

Traverse City, Michigan

Offering services in several languages worldwide.


12:40PM | 04/05/04
Member Since: 04/03/04
3 lifetime posts

I had a question you may be able to answer. I saw an episode of Bob Villa where they were installing wooden p;avers outdoors. They consisted of redwood strips that were laid on a plastic support mat. The wood strips were tapped into place. A a plastic rib on the underside of the strip inserted into a slot in the underside of the wood strip, holding the strips securely in place. I did not see the whole wpisode, and am trying to find the manufacturer of this product. If you have any ideas, please post a reply.




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