Paver Border Set In Mortar


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Old 05-01-09, 12:59 PM
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Paver Border Set In Mortar

I am installing a 900 sq ft patio. I had a concrete base laid and was told by 3 professionals to lay the border first and then lay inside pavers on bedding sand. I am against a fence on two sides so I cannot use a plastic edging to hold border pavers so I was told to mortar the border onto the slab.

My question is...If I am using 1/2 inch bedding sand, how high should I set the mortared border to compensate for the pavers on the bedding sand to settle after being compacted?

I was thinking maybe 1/8 higher?...

Thanks for any help.
Keith
 
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What kind of pavers?

Thin brick or interlocking concrete.

It sounds like you may have brick because interlocking concrete pavers are recommended to be used on a concrete base without other special other practices.

Any paver set on sand needs positive restraint on all sides. The restraint must be anchored and solid enough to not not move at all. Period!

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Old 05-01-09, 06:21 PM
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I am using Cambridge pavers. I would think that if I set the border in mortar that it would be more stable than using the standard plastic edging or concrete wall from brick to ground. Once again I cannot access the side of the border pavers because it is up against a fence on 2 sides.

So if I do set the border in mortar how much higher should they be to compensate for settling of the other pavers that are set in sand?


Thanks again.
 
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Old 05-01-09, 06:25 PM
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Sorry for the confusion...I meant to say how much LOWER should I set the border to compensate for the pavers set in sand to settle?

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Old 05-02-09, 12:24 PM
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This post is mostly me responding to myself! I figured it out. I didn't realize that I can use the plastic L edging and just turn it around so I can anchor it to the patio. The sand will compensate for the 1/8 thickness of the plastic. ROOKIE!

Thanks Keith!
 
 

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