10:02AM | 06/28/04
Member Since: 06/27/04
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I am installing a paver patio, with pavers and sand in between. My pavers are very clay-ey, and a little irregular. (I have some retaining wall bricks, which have a much higher "stone" content than my pavers.) Also, my pavers are not a solid color throughout, a thin top layer has the desired color.

My question is: should I use a Vibrating Plate Compactor on these, or will it break all my bricks? I know I need to put a lot of sand on top first, and the guy at the tool rental place said I should also put cardboard on top of the bricks, then run the VPC. But will it still break my bricks, or will I be okay?


05:58PM | 06/29/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
Use the plarte compactor to prepare the base but using it to seat pavers is a sure way to destroy them.

Work with a sprinkler and a large rubber maul. The water will make the underlying sand more plastic and the maul will provide the vibrations to seat the tiles.

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