Brick Pathway

Old 06-17-19, 11:26 AM
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Brick Pathway

We are replacing a falling apart pathway, 60' by 3' with a brick pathway. I'm reading different ways of doing this. One source says just use sand underneath, other sources say use a layer of gravel then sand on top of the gravel, another says use crushed gravel alone. Are all of these options adequate, is one better than another? We live in the South with hot summers and relatively mild winters, lots of rain, and clay like soil.
Old 06-17-19, 12:58 PM
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If you want it to last do a compacted crushed stone base, then a sand layer and your brick pavers. And, rent a plate compactor. You won't be able to achieve the proper compaction without it.
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The compacted layer creates the basic slope of the walkway, including how you intend water to drain. Then, a 1" layer of bedding sand allows you to align all of the pavers at the same height.
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lots of rain, and clay like soil.
The compacted crushed stone base gives the support and drainage.

Do not skimp on the foundation, it's what supports the walkway.

Crushed limestone is the best, 6" min, my patio is 12" in freeze area and still flat and level after 12 years!

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