What is the best mud-set mortar system for the support of heavy masonry pavers that are being used on a circular drive way with heavy vehicular traffic….Fire engines, Airport buses, Vans and large, expensive SUV’s and Pick-up trucks… See illustrations below:
“Best mud-set mortar system” is a red herring because you don’t "mud set" or grout pavers unless it is for looks – like a pedestrian path you want to look like a brick wall laying on the ground. For heavy traffic applications you place the pavers on a sand bed over a concrete or compacted road rock base. Then you fill the cracks between the pavers with sand. The shape of the pavers and the sand cause them to interlock (which is where the name “interlocking pavers” comes from).
Grouts used in heavy traffic application are subject to crushing and subsequent failure so are avoided.
If you put the pavers over a solid concrete base you have to include weep holes to drain away the water.
For circular patterns where you encounter radial forces you want good "in plain" interlocking to prevent shifting and a herring bone pattern is usually recommended.
Jerry Painter, FASTM
Don Beers, PE, GC
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