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Posted by HarryC on June 22nd, 2004 11:16 AM
In reply to Why I want to use stone dust by Danny on June 22nd, 2004 10:43 AM [Go to top of thread]

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Stone dust contains particles of many different sizes. The downside to using stone dust is that it may contain too many fine particles. I dont recall the exact gradation, but I think typical stonedust from the landscape store may have up to 20 percent of particles that sift through a #200 screen. Too many fine particles allow the bedding material to retain excess moisture. This may cause frost heaving.

Sand contains less fine particles (I think 5 to 8 percent), therefore retains less moisture, and makes a better bedding material.

So thats the long version of why the paver companies specs sand bedding. If this were a commercial project, like an open shopping mall floor, I'd use the sand, or someday someone would trip over a heaved paver and sue everyone in sight. For a residential patio, I'd use what you have. Good Luck.

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