best way of compacting type 1 mot by hand..

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Sorry me again.

I have a small area to compact.. 1.4m x 0.35 at 200mm. Could I use a concrete block (18kg) smashed down from 0.5m ? I'm thinking in 50mm layers, should I use some water to help bind it? The hardcore I have now seems to have more dust in than wickes' which didn't have enough.

The shuttering will be removed and the area filled with more pea shingle. There is a soil pipe in that area. Thanks a lot.

 
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your going to struggle to get good compaction using this method, also a 50mm layer will be difficult to achieve since there will be stones bigger than that.

Use the stone from 1m with about 6 passes with 100mm layers do get compaction. however, this still won't be to spec for the material but may be good enough for your needs
 
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Stamp on it.

An area that small is not going to suffer from pocket sinkage like a large area. Crack on and dunner worry. The friction around the slab edges alone will go a long way to keeping things stable.
 
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