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    Sharp sand Vs builders sand


    I'm laying a patio and have heard mixed opinions on which sand I need to use. What sand or mixture should I be using with the cement to lay
    paving flags?

    Asked by minesh on 31st Mar 2020
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    Mike Silvey Paving and Landscaping

    "It should be sharp sand but a lot of hard landscapers use a mixture of both.
    Building is great for ease of laying the slabs and the moisture will give good grip to the slab, but, it breaks down faster over time.
    Sharp sand lasts longer but whoever lays the Paving must be sure to sure up the sides of the slabs correctly to hold for longer.
    I prefer a 3:1 ratio 3 parts sharp sand to 1 part building sand (plus cement).
    Mike Silvey Paving and Landscaping"

    Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    GSJ Home and Garden

    "Personally I wouldn't lay slabs on a wet cement mix, make sure level is correct and lay a base of sharp sand and place slabs on, either is a jointing compound for pointing, or a cheaper option use a semi dry mix of 9 parts builders sand to 1 part cement... The pointing will hold the slabs in place once it's set! if using the cement mix method make sure you brush it in to gaps quick or it will stain your slabs... If you do lay slabs on cement mix beet to lay it with a dry mix! Best of luck and take your time"

    Answered on 1st Apr 2020 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    Steve cheshire garden services

    "You should use sharp sand and cement 4to1 ratio for laying flags"

    Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report

    "6 sharp sand to 1 part cement

    Sharp sand helps with griping the slabs"

    Answered on 11th May 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    man construction services ltd

    "Only use building sand if you're doing a wet mix use sharp sand if you doing screed mix I would recommend a full bed with building sand"

    Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    N.l.c garden service

    "Sharpe sand and a 5 to 1 mix. 5 sharpe sand and 1 cement."

    Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
    C & M property maintenance and gardening sevices

    "You should be using sharp sand in a dry mix with cement."

    Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    Garden care maintenance services

    "Sharp sand for patios and soft sand you use for brick work"

    Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Mar 2020 - report

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