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Whats the least back breaking way to lay a patio?

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by happypeter, 16 Aug 2020.

  1. happypeter

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    Hi,

    The last time I used the old 600 X 600 slabs and it almost killed me. Can anyone give any tips as to what method / materials make the job a little easier?

    I've seen porcelain paving described as 'lightweight' but not sure I believe it.

    thanks
     
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    Pay someone else
     
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    What ^^^ said.
     
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  6. Annoying, others got in first with the correct answer
     
  7. happypeter

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    This a DIY forum so clearly I've decided against this

    For anyone else finding this thread by searching..

    Vitrified porcelain seems to be the best option. At 20mm thick manufacturers claim they are lighter than traditional slabs.

    Block paving is also far easier to lay although not suitable for my needs
     
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    Is lighter always better or will they be easier to crack if something drops on them?.
     
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    Two people, and a paving slab lifter. Even better is a vacuum lifter.

    https://www.speedyservices.com/73_5405-h-handyman-vacuum-lifter
     
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    I made my own crane
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  13. happypeter

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    Thats genius love it!
     
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    Technique is everything when laying slabs.

    Let the slab take the weight, walk the slab, rocking corner to corner.

    Place slab on edge of laid slab , slab standing up and lower it into place, adjust with trowel or shovel to get gaps correct.

    Repeat
     
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    What about the 4 size sandstone? You get a heat 3x2 then a break while you lay the 3 smaller ones.
     
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    I do like the look of them and at 20mm thick they can't be too heavy. Any idea of the weight of the larger ones?
    ta
     
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    I got a 19mtr pallet and it weighed 1000kg so maybe around 25kg for a 3x2?
     
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