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Thread: 2 ns sand vs. pea stone backfill

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    2 ns sand vs. pea stone backfill

    I have two quotes, that recommend pea stone backfill, and another that strongly recommends 2 ns sand. It's a Crystal Palace 14 x 30, 3'6-5'6 depth. Ideas or suggestions?

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    Austin, TX

    Re: 2 ns sand vs. pea stone backfill

    Everything I have read suggest pea gravel is better than sand. In the middle of our install right now and we used gravel.
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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: 2 ns sand vs. pea stone backfill

    Does the sand guy have a common sense reason why he suggests sand?
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    South Central NJ

    Re: 2 ns sand vs. pea stone backfill

    Sand is fine for the bottom and side backfill. When backfilling with sand, a little water is hosed in to help the sand compact and prevents voids.

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