Beach sand vs. store bought sand - stone patio


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Old 08-26-10, 12:33 PM
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Beach sand vs. store bought sand - stone patio

Perhaps a silly question, is it ok to use beach sand (sand “borrowed” from a public beach) as a sub-base for a brick or stone walkway? Does the sand sold at home improvement stores differ from the sand found on a beach?
 
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Old 08-26-10, 12:45 PM
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Beach sand is dirty - if you sifted it completely to get rid of any other materials in it, I think you'd be fine
 
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Not to be uptight, but if it is a "public" beach wouldn't it be somewhat immoral if not illegal to take the sand?
 
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It is also full of salt that will find it's way to the surface through your patio leading to efflorescence. Plus it is illegal.
 
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Taking beach sand is a great way to get fined. Sand is cheap enough to buy. I suggest buying it in bulk from someone else other than a big box. The bags cost a bit of cash in comparison. If you have a pickup truck or a friend that has one, it will really be worth your time. I do this quite frequently myself.

I'm not an expert or know the entire scope of your project, but I don't think sand make a good base for brick walkways. I think you need something that will compact and sand doesn't do that.
 
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Old 08-27-10, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by drooplug
Taking beach sand is a great way to get fined. Sand is cheap enough to buy. I suggest buying it in bulk from someone else other than a big box. The bags cost a bit of cash in comparison. If you have a pickup truck or a friend that has one, it will really be worth your time. I do this quite frequently myself.

I'm not an expert or know the entire scope of your project, but I don't think sand make a good base for brick walkways. I think you need something that will compact and sand doesn't do that.
What about stone? Everywhere I read says to use a sub-base of 3-4 inch crushed rock with 1 inch of sand.
 
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Yes, a compacted base with and inch or two of sand for bedding the pavers on top
 
 

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