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    Default Compacting road base

    Hi everyone.

    Have a small project out the front of my house.

    Im filling in the council dish drain (after installing a 150mm pvc pipe). I'm using some road base approx 100 - 150mm thick before compacting.

    As i have access is there any problem just driving over it a hand full of time to compact it down, or do you get better results with a vibrating plate compactor?

    I did experiment and drove over a bit of it, still seems a bit spongy. I will have to get some more dust to get it back up to the level i need and re compact.

    So do i just keep driving over it, or hire a machine?
    Also do i spritz it with water as i compact?



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    ..depends how fussy you want to be with it.

    Done both ways down my drive. ie: drove over it with a car and tractor worked out ok and naturally compacted further over time.
    Got a compactor for another job, topped up the drive area along the retaining wall and it compacted really well, rock hard and hasnt sunk any further.

    It does need to be generally damp or moist but not wet, else if using the compactor it brings all the water up and is a bit of a mess.
    Make sure your fall is sloping in the right direction.

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    hired the compactor from the big green shed for $45. did a much better job of compacting it all down.




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    Did you use the jumping whacking thing, or the vibrating plate?
    If whacker, is it hard to use?
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    Vibrating plate. Didnt want to end up like this guy

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    Gives a full new dimension to delirium tremens

    Seriously, the whacker does a much better job I believe. Pity it's so expensive.
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