Gravel path along house

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Hi there, Help please,

I am building a one metre wide gravel path alongside my house. Does it all need to be 2 bricks below the DPC? I have hit really tough ground and am struggling to dig it down any further.

Hoping I can get away without but still want to do the right thing!

Many thanks,
Dave sore back and blistered hands!
 
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Until recently I had a paving path at the front of my house (gets the SW wind and rain in Wales) I pulled up the slabs and laid fine gravel. That was a year ago, and no problems so far. I have at least 2 bricks to the DPC. At the rear it has been gravel for 16 years with no problems.
 
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I would suggest that if the top of the gravel s at least one brick below the damp course then the gravel will prevent splashback onto the wall above the dpc.
 
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Its up to you if your happy to risk it. if it was my house i would not be worried as long as your at least 75mm below, especially if the surface is gravel.
 
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