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Old 06-17-13, 12:58 PM
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Anyone here make mudcrete? I want to make a patio with pavers. there used to be a patio where i want to build it. Unfortunatly due to heavy rain the area is constantly muddy with a fair bit of clay. there is not much information on folks who have used mudcrete, but i am thinking of buying portland cement and tilling the mud with it. then flatten it.

after it cures i would lay sand on top of the mudcrete followed by patio pavers.

any thoughts?

this is the only useful article i can find on the subject: Mudcrete | Indiana Gardening Web Articles

i live in baltimore maryland.
 
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Old 06-17-13, 03:11 PM
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I tried it in NJ many years ago to firm up a pure sand soil base. It did help as compacting just the sand was almost humorous. It help up well for the 5 or 6 years we lived there.

As for mud, and especially clay, I would be less hopeful. On one job I tried to compact gravel over mud and clay and the gravel just sank out of sight. I was told later (after I removed 3 feet and replaced with gravel) that a filter fabric would have solved my problem. Next job, I'm retired .

Mine was a 200' long by 24' wide driveway so the gravel and compacting was substantial, but your patio would not require much. I've experienced 16' x 16' pavers on wet mud at a friends house and it didn't work very well. Whether the Portland would help or not, can't say.

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its amazing so little information exist out there on this technique.
 
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is there another name for mudcrete?

are you telling me on this entire forum only one guy has done this?
 
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I work for an Indiana ready mix company and we have a product called Soilcrete. It is similar to what you describe and contractors use it instead of dry lime for soil stabilization. We deliver slurry to say, an excavated but damp area (road bed, etc.) The slurry is poured onto the surface with ready mix trucks, the slurry is tilled into the dirt, then roller compacted. It works great and eliminates the lime dust flying everywhere, getting on cars, homes, in lungs, etc.
Not sure what technique you would use on such a small area, but I'd assume the same thing except on a smaller scale.
 
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