Pea Rock bed w/mortar added

Old 03-29-03, 01:59 PM
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Pea Rock bed w/mortar added

The side of my house where my boat lives is bare and sometimes muddy. I've considered pouring a concrete slab (20'X8'), but it would infringe in my swale.
Now someone suggested that I dig out 4" of dirt fill with Pea Rock. Then if I want I can spread morter over the rock, wet it and have a Pea Rock slab. Does this seem like a good idea? Would the slab hold up? Thanks for any suggestions!
Old 03-29-03, 05:53 PM
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Mortar would not be strong enough to support the weight of the boat or any other vehicle that you might drive on it.
Old 03-29-03, 11:20 PM
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While the 4" of pea gravel, compacted right, could support a boat, the mortar idea will just cause a big mess. The mortar spread will just crack apart. Your friend is probably thinking of asphalt emulsion pavement. Think of a pavement mid way between stone and full-blown asphalt. This is a compacted pavement material; a bit more extensive than hosing down some mortar.

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