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Old 04-23-03, 07:22 PM
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I have semi-excavated (sod only) a 20x10 area under my walkout deck. My next step is to excavate entirely. My 18" patio blocks will be here in a few days.
I've done quite a bit research as to how I want to do this.
My understanding is to excavate approx 5" level, then add 4" compactible gravel, compact, then 1" sand, compact then blocks, compact then fill with sand.
If I have total sand soil are there any steps that could be eliminated? How important is the gravel? I am in Minnesota and as far as drainage, above deck is fitted with gutter system so most water will be diverted.
Also is there a formula to figure out how much gravel and sand I would need based on the 4" and 1"?
Thanks very much.
 
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Old 04-23-03, 08:24 PM
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Hi,

My advice: don't use sand for drainage.

Please, read this post

http://forum.doityourself.com/showth...hreadid=129053

Best,
 
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Old 04-27-03, 05:58 PM
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ok, things went well. Patio that is, my body is another story.
I am pretty much finished laying the blocks. I have another ?.
I have some cutting to do at various points. What is the best way to do this. I read elsewhere about a masonry blade for my circular saw. I believe it was a Dewalt, $20.
Is this the way to go with these 18" blocks? And how does that work, just set it on the ground to cut?
Thanks
 
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Old 04-27-03, 06:48 PM
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Hi,

Paver blocks crumble a lot, so my best advice is: use a masonry chisel to cut the pavers.

Score a groove to guide you in the process, set the brick on the floor and tap with a small sledgehammer.

Hope this helps!
 
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Old 04-27-03, 07:06 PM
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How do I score the groove?
 
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Old 04-27-03, 09:51 PM
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Hi,

Taping softly with the masonry chisel. Even if the borders are not perfect, the sand will cover them

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