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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:49 pm 
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My wife has recently become adicted to re-runs of "Groundforce". What surprises me is their laying of paths and flag stones; invariably they put cement directly onto bare soil - though admitedly with the turf/top-soil removed.

Whenever I've looked in books or videos about laying cement, the advice is always to lay hardcore and compress it first. Only then can you safely lay cement.

Obviously, laying cement onto a compacted layer of hardcore is best, especially for any weight-bearing concrete. My fear is that laid directly onto soil the paths will not last long. That said, perhaps for a foot path or somewhere just to sit and sunbathe, perhaps hardcore is an over-kill.

Does anyone have experience of the longevity of either method or anecdotes of failures?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:45 pm 
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The concrete wont last 5 minutes laid on soil.

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Operative word = Concrete. and yes. I've had to rip up paths that didn't have compacted hardcore beneath even with 4 inches of concrete...

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