Two questions about laying brick pavers

Old 11-08-07, 10:00 PM
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Two questions about laying brick pavers

I am doing a dry installation of some brick pavers in approximately a 5' x 5' area on either side of my driveway.

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I have read that wetting the sand base before laying the bricks helps pack the sand. But wouldn't the water increase the pore spaces, and therefore create settling of the bricks once the water evaporates? In this small area would using a hand tamper be adequate?

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I am using clay bricks. The combined widths of two bricks is 1/4" less than the length of a single one of the bricks. Because I am doing a dry installation I would have preferred to have all the bricks fit snugly against the adjacent ones. But because of this 1/4" difference I am forced to have spaces. Are there bricks available especially made for dry installations (i.e., where the width is equal exactly to 1/2 the length)?.

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Old 11-09-07, 05:18 AM
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1 Dry sand is fine. Hand tamper is ok if you're enthusiastic in its use.
2 Concrete pavers will hold up much better for you long term. There is normally a space between the pavers - you pack more sand into these spaces after the pavers are installed.

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