compacting sub-base for artificial turf

Old 04-29-22, 02:13 PM
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compacting sub-base for artificial turf

Hello all,

I am installing artificial grass in my backyard. 6 weeks ago, I filled the area with base rocks to form the sub-base (3" depth). Then vacation and work got in the way and I couldn't continue the work. Now I am ready to put the leveling sand on top (1" depth). Given the sub-base was sitting there for 6 weeks and there was a bit of rain during that time, does it still need to be compacted with a plate vibrator? I am wondering whether the sub-base has settled on its own by now.

I don't have a plate vibrator and going to rent one, plus renting a truck to bring it home is a big hassle. If I can avoid it, it's a big plus.

Thank you in advance for your input
Old 04-30-22, 01:23 AM
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If the process requires the base to be compacted sitting out in the rain is not a substitute, the material is still un-compacted!
Old 04-30-22, 03:39 AM
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I would rent the plate compactor and do the job right.

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