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Cheap way to compact sub-base?

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by Ana Maiden, 22 Jun 2015.

  1. Ana Maiden

    Ana Maiden

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    Building a shed base for a 6ft by 7ft 5' shed and I've done enough research to learn 50mm sub-base (MOT Type 1) followed by sharp sand / cement dry mix is the way to build a decent base. A lot of people talking about hiring wacker plates but my budge it too small to spend £35 a day on such a .. so wondering if anyone has any idea of cheaper ways to compact the sub-base?


    B & Q has a video where they use a piece of timber and hit it with a rubber mallet to compact the base but they're using ballast, not sub-base so not sure if that will be any good with sub-base? That would be ideal as I have a rubber mallet and pieces of timber..
     
  2. wrathkeg

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    You can get a hand tamper for about £30 in Toolstation or screwfix etc. Much easier than whacking a piece of timber.
     
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  3. Ana Maiden

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    Thanks wrathkeg, but is wacking a piece of timber still acceptable?
     
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    Not tried it in that context. I suppose it will depend on how hard you whack it, how strong you are etc. Just try a bit and see if you can get it good and compacted in a sensible amount of time.

    Also, if money is tight make sure you try local builders merchants for your materials (type 1, sand, cement etc). In my experience you can save a packet compared to the price of wickes and the like.
     
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