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Colleen
Old clay brick--will a plate compactor cause cracking?

I'm installing a brick patio and a lot of the bricks are historic clay bricks, like bricks from Trenton's original sidewalks. I'm concerned that using a plate compactor after sweeping sand into the cracks between the bricks will cause the bricks to crack. Is this a valid concern? Is the plate compactor necessary or can I use something else like a hand tamper for that final stage?

Also, what are my options for edge restraints besides the plastic ones you secure with stakes?

Thanks!

Timothy Miller
Re: Old clay brick--will a plate compactor cause cracking?

Howdy try a test plot and see if you break bricks.... Can cement in the edge row. Consider pressure treated lumber to lock the edge.

Tony
Re: Old clay brick--will a plate compactor cause cracking?

You can try putting about 1" or 2" of sand on the brick then run the tamper, that will soften the blow. I've never tried this but I've seen contractors lay plywood down on the brick then run the tamper with success. Hope this helps.

Calcats ;)

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