Playhouse with rubber tiles underneath


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Old 12-03-22, 01:16 PM
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Playhouse with rubber tiles underneath

I am putting together a Playhouse with rubber tiles underneath. Plenty of room in my dirt yard. My question is would it help to put anything under the rubber tiles? Such as would rubber mulch make it softer and safer?
 
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Putting a soft sub-surface will make the structure less stable, not sure what that is. But probably not do a lot to improve the "softness" of the tiles as well as making them not connect together very well!
 
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Adding a layer of rubber mulch underneath the rubber tiles would add extra cushioning to protect falls. But, that extra cushioning means it will squish and move more underfoot so they may be more difficult to keep in posiiton.
 
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This is why I ask. Thank you for your expertise!
 
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Would you put a paver base underneath to help level it?
 
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Level what? Do you now want to set your rubber mats on top of pavers?
 
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It's going on dirt. I was thinking of adding 2-3 inches of paver base such as this:



It's a mixture of sand and stone, that interlocks. It's the same thing used to level and stabilize retaining walls and pavers. Then put the rubber mats on top of this layer of paver base. I would surround it with lawn edging to keep the paver base from coming out of the sides. Eventually, it will be surrounded by a couple of inches of pea gravel. The outline looks like this.



 

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That material should be compacted. After you run over it with a vibratory plate compactor it will almost like pavement but it's a perfect base. You can also used a crusher run stone which is similar but less expensive.
 
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I have a hand tamper which is working well for the retaining wall that I'm working on. Cost seems to be about the same but I get everything from big box stores.
 
 

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