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Advice about laying pavers?

I want to lay out a 4 by 7 foot area of 12 inch pavers to park my atv on. Its going in my backyard so it doesn't have to be perfect.
My question is do i need to dig down a few inches, lay gravel and sand down then compact it? Since it doesn't have to be perfect, is all that overkill?

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Curious as well. I want to build a fire pit out of pavers in my backyard.
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I want to lay out a 4 by 7 foot area of 12 inch pavers to park my atv on. Its going in my backyard so it doesn't have to be perfect.
My question is do i need to dig down a few inches, lay gravel and sand down then compact it? Since it doesn't have to be perfect, is all that overkill?
you could probably skip the gravel part, but you definatly want to dig down and compact sand on top of it before you lay your pavers. grab a rubber hammer and tap them into place.

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Talk to Jrock he just did this at his vaction home in WI. It was a pretty big project as he did a retaining wall also. But the short answer is yes you need to dig and lay a base down.
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Don't skip any steps, that's not a huge area, but it will look like shit in a year if you don't do it right. Rent a tamper from Home Depot, it will be worth it. Don't forget a membrane to block weeds, etc.
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Don't skip any steps, that's not a huge area, but it will look like shit in a year if you don't do it right. Rent a tamper from Home Depot, it will be worth it. Don't forget a membrane to block weeds, etc.
+1. Its not that hard, and you don't want a heaved up piece of shit after the first winter.

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The weed/foliage blocker is key. The pavers will move around and look like crap after a year without it.

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i did some pavers/retaining wall last year, wanted to do it myself but the reality of time/backache led me to hire the amigos,
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If it's going to be in an area that gets a lot of water (in a low spot or next to a gutter downspout) it's not a bad idea to put a layer of gravel down...especially if you have to build up grade at all for a level pad, but it's not a must. If you're high and dry no need for gravel at all. Excavate for your base, put some fabric down, sand base and your paver section.

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