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    How to build a patio ?

    The wife wants a patio type base in the garden to put table & chairs on.
    What is the best material to use?
    Paving slabs or blocks.
    I imagine slabs are the easiest to lay but look the same as concrete.
    Can I use thai house bricks, laid edgeways and make a herringbone pattern.

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    if you use the thai house bricks, make sure they are not the cheap soft ones, you can buy proper fired bricks....the soft ones will break easy under foot and they will also get very soft with all the moisture.

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    and dig the ground, then lay about an inch or two of sand to ensure you finish with a level surface.

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    If you have never done it before,might I sugest that you use Basket Weave Pattern for your Patio,as you will find it a lot easeir to do.Also you really need to lay a Sub Base,which is just a lean Mix concrete Ratio 8/1 or even 10/1.if you just lay it on sand as suggested,when it Rains you might find that the sand just washes away(Bricklayer By Trade)

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    hello thetyim
    im a landscaper specialising in hardlandscaping, patios terraces etc
    if you want it to last mate i would stick to this for foot traffic

    150mm subbase, crushed bricks brocken concrete of similar compacted
    then lay the patio surface on a 50 mm bed of cement, mixed 10 sand 2 cement, into a putty type consistencey, also add a squirt of washing up liquid for workability

    as for a surface i would go with natural sandstone slabs, sure theres a place near you that sells them, or the local garden center will know where to get them, not that expensive or bu lots of the offcuts and try your hand at crazy paving!

    point the joints as you are laying them and that little lot will withstand thai weather as long as you prepare the ground properly mate



    feel free to pm me for any questions or just ask mate

    heres one ive just finished ^ its a bit dirty as it hasnt been washed yet, dressed york stone 100quid per square meter

    if you wait till im in town, you buy the stuff and ill come and lay it for you, for beer and food
    Last edited by sunsetter; 14-11-2008 at 04:25 AM.
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    Do you relay lawns as well SS

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    new turf yeah, no problem ^

    the price is gonna rise soon though freebies for a limited time only, and only in thailand

    ahh you in ldn db?

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    Where you based uk?

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    at the mo mate yep^ not for long though, month tops, im in bedfordshire

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    Will you be back for the spring?

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    hmmm yeah possibly
    want a price? what you got?

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    Sunsetter,Nice Job Mate

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    You can buy red bricks that dont absorb heat, they are actually cool on a hot day. We cleared the area of grass and weeds. Applied weed killer, packed it down, then laid the bricks in a herringbone pattern. Came out very nice indeed. These type of bricks really do cool the area, and they dont grow moss at all. I will try to get the name for you.

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    they sound just the ticket^

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    SS send me a pm when your back in the spring

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    no problem mate if i remember, better you pm me when your ready

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    we have found a nice brickyard near us, but they have stopped making the 8x4" bricks by hand now, they are really nice

    but, the owner said they are knocking down an old factory and then they will have lots of them, so I have put in my order

    I like a brick patio, and you can choose from lots of patterns

    as was said, make a good hardcore base, then add the sand/cement layer and put down the bricks. Brush dry mortar into the cracks, rather than trying to point them, then water it lightly
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    yeah that is the way to do it^ but to make it last in thai weather dr a, its better to lay on a wet base and point at the same time with the same wet muck as it all sets as one piece of concrete and the joints will not wash out as with dry mix and water after way
    Last edited by sunsetter; 15-11-2008 at 11:36 PM. Reason: all that was in the same breath! phewwww

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    ^ When are you over here SS? And, where will you be visiting?

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    ill be in issan mostly
    be on koh chang for a bit of beach, maybe surin then up in udon

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    I'll be in Udon near Christmas if you fancy a Guinness?

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    ill keep you posted mate, id love that if i can make it

    right so anybody have any info on the sandstone paving products available in thailand?

    make great patios

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    or around a pool


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    up in CM you can get all sorts of slabs in the KamTieng market

    good place

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