How Not To Re-Sand & Seal

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  1. Smurf

    Smurf Banned
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    Just spent two hours scrapping excess sand from joints after a customer had a go at re-sanding & re-sealing his driveway himself.

    His wife was not a happy bunny so called me out to try and make good. :D

    Whole driveway had patches looking like this :rolleyes:

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    Now looks like this as it should

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    At least that chap used sand and some kind of sealer unlike someone else I've heard of on one of the forums that the customer actualy used cement and made a hell of a mess.
     
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  2. Gmeister

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    So normally how do you get it looking like that, whats the technique here, brush and sand?
     
  3. Smurf

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    After the surface has been pressure washed you need to wait at least a couple of days without rain for the blocks and joints to be dry enough to re-sand.

    Then with a wide bassine broom like this one I use http://www.wickes.co.uk/invt/159328 brush the kiln dry sand into all of the joints. Note all surface sand should be removed from the bevelled edges of the blocks too so the only sand visible should be just in the small gaps between the blocks only. Obviously blocks with larger gaps ie on curves again try remove as much surface sand as possible so sand is no higher than the start of the bevelled edges again.

    Most people who re-sand block paving overfill the joints.

    Hope this helps?
     
  4. OoO

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    What happens if left with over filled joints....
     
  5. Smurf

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    Apart from it looking quite **** will create a nice damp area for moss and weeds to start growing quicker again.
     
  6. OoO

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    I would have thought with the rain we have it would soon sort out and level :rolleyes:
     
  7. M.K Cleaners.co.uk

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    Wind blows it away or rain washes it away.
     
  8. Donny

    Donny Well-Known Member
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    Over filled joints are not a problem in themselves ( apart from looking **** an unprofessional) as eventually the wind will blow the sand into corners or away altogether but if you put sealant over overfilled joints its a bit off a disaster , ( as you can see from Smurf's pics)well sorted Smurt, bet that took a while lol
     
  9. Smurf

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    Thanks Donny....

    Yes it was a pain in the **** to do but at least in the end I got it looking reasonable again as I did not want others to think I had done such a **** looking job.
    The poor chap got loads of grief for messing it up but mind you I did get paid well for my troubles also his wife thinks I'm wonderful yet again, :D
     
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