Will gravel work?

Old 03-04-11, 04:06 PM
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Will gravel work?

I'm using 36x12x7 bluestone steps to provide access from parking area to house level. This will be an elevation of about 4' over a distance of 6' and after placing one stone step on top of another the area behind the stones needs to be filled in as we go. I was going to use fill dirt to do the filling in but I have a pile of # 2 modified that was left by the previous owners and I'm now wondering if we can use this gravel to fill in behind the steps as we lay them. I know dirt will settle even if tamped and I suppose gravel will also but am wondering to what extent the gravel would settle and if it should or could be used for this application at all. Does anyone have an educated guess as to what would be the best thing to do?
Old 03-13-11, 07:32 PM
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Gravel will perform better. You will minimize settling if you "rod" the gravel with a piece of heavy rebar (imitating the action of a sheepsfoot roller). Make sure the gravel is confined and cannot flow out.

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