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Advice needed for Pointing a garden patio

Good evening all

We have recently had a garden patio laid by a friend of a friend upon viewing his previous work was happy for him to undertake the work. 

He used all in ballast and cement to create a concrete base and then laid the slate slabs using dot and dab system. I initially though it should be laid on a full bed however when returning home had seen he had already laid 3/4 using dot and dab and being a complete novice thought this was fine. 

We decided to do our own pointing of the patio using Marshals weather point 365 however have now realised that in order to use this it needs to be a full bed otherwise it will just seep into the cavities under the slabs and therefore would be a waste of time and money. 

Can anyone recommend the best way in order to point the slabs taking into account it is dot and dab and not marking or staining slabs? the slabs themselves are 25mm thick and then taking into account the dot and dab it is quite a depth to fill!

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, have attached pictures for viewing. 

Thanks

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  • KT53KT53 South WestPosts: 6,820

    Sorry to say I think you will have problems in the longer term with any pointing due to the voids you have described.  It would be worth looking up specialist paving suppliers in your area and asking for their advice.

    Not much help now, but surely the guy who laid the slabs should have done the pointing too?

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,544

    1.READ THIS WEBSITE PAGE.

    http://www.pavingexpert.com/layflag1.htm

    2.SEND IT TO FRIEND OF FRIEND AND AT THE SAME TIME

    3.ASK FOR YOUR MONEY BACK OR

    4.TELL HIM TO FIX IT.

     

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    I love that site PF. I have it in my favourites. image

    Friend of a friend was being lazy I'm afraid. It's much easier to level than full bedding and he gets to walk away from it. You are then left with all the problems illustrated on PF's link page. 

    Leaving out all the "friend" awkwardness, as a business transaction he was happy enough to take your money. Let him know the problems you're facing and ask has he any suggestions OR ask for it to be lifted and relaid OR ask for your money back as the paving is not fit for purpose. Whichever suits you.

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