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How to keep sand in between pavers/ bricks

MegR
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How to keep sand in between pavers/ bricks

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I’ve paved a small area using leftover bricks. I used Bunnings paving sand for the base and to fill between the gaps but it rained heavily yesterday and it has washed out most of the sand. What is the best product to use to fill gaps effectively in pavers/ bricks? 

MitchellMc
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Re: How to keep sand in between pavers/ bricks

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @MegR. It's sensational that you've joined us, and many thanks for your question about paving sand.

 

You might like to mix some cement in with the sand if you had some available for such a small area. However, you'll likely see some cracking of the joints with just sand and cement. Alternatively, products like Dingo 20kg Powerloc Paving Sand are used for this purpose. PowerLoc Sand is a polymer-based product that prevents it from washing out or cracking. I'd probably advise blasting out the remaining sand with a hose and re-filling with the Powerloc product.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Mitchell

 

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MegR
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Re: How to keep sand in between pavers/ bricks

Thanks Mitchell. That’s exactly what I was thinking although I read the reviews for that dingo product and they weren’t great so I wondered if there were any other suggestions. I guess for a small area like that, this product should do the job! Thank you. 

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MitchellMc
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Re: How to keep sand in between pavers/ bricks

That's understandable, @MegR. I'd recommend you go with the cement mixed into sand option then. You'll find that you might get small cracks in it, but that can be filled later if it's an issue. Use a 1:5 mix of cement to sand.

 

If you're filling up to the edge of the pavers with soil, you can keep adding plain sand and watering it into the gaps until it compacts. I believe it's a combination of the sand being able to run out the sides, heavy rain, and the sand wasn't compacted, which has caused the issue. With most paving jobs, normal sand works perfectly well. You need to keep sweeping it in and watering it down until it naturally compacts into the gaps.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Mitchell

 

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