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D844
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New Orleans
Member since Oct 2007
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Paver Installation
Where is the best place to buy pavers, sand, and gravel in BR?

What is a better installation method, gravel/sand or sand/paver panel?

What size gravel?

Want to install pavers at various locations on the exterior. Will most likely be DIY.

Thank you for any input.


FlyinTiger93
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Member since May 2010
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re: Paver Installation
1/4-0 Limestone. Decomposed granite, if available in your area. Rent a compactor, and compact every 1/2".


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bbvdd
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re: Paver Installation
Built a patio on the back of my house a few years ago.

Used crushed limestone base with a layer of sand on top of that.

Laid the pavers and then filled the cracks with a mix of sand and mortar mix


dakarx
Member since Sep 2018
3009 posts

re: Paver Installation
A few years ago I a long walkway and patio.. Surprisingly I got a good deal on the pavers at Lowes (and free delivery on 4 pallets).

Don't skimp on the fancy paver sand, the locking type sand is totally necessary.



OntarioTiger
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re: Paver Installation
polmeric sand w/ mortar after they are set is key after they are placed


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Havoc
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re: Paver Installation
Add on question: I have an existing concrete pad but I’d like to expand the area and put down pavers. Any guidance on using existing pad? I guess the trick would be making sure the added area is level with the pad area?


Slagathor
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Member since Jul 2007
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re: Paver Installation
no advice for installation, but we had our existing concrete covered with matching thinner-depth pavers and then the 'real' full-depth pavers installed level with them so it was one cohesive area... for aesthetics, I'd check to see if that's an option for your project.


Havoc
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re: Paver Installation
That’s sounds good if available. Thanks for the info will check that out.


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MikeD
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Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2004
4746 posts

re: Paver Installation
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polmeric sand w/ mortar after they are set is key after they are placed


Install with spacers and fill with the sand, or install flush and allow for natural imperfections in the pavers to allow for the mix to settle in between?


tide06
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Member since Oct 2011
4824 posts

re: Paver Installation
I actually went with the interlocking foam underlay with crushed gravel below and have been really pleased with the result 7 years in.

Minimal heaving despite yearly frost/freeze.


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