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Paver Stone Backyard Basketball court

Hi Guys,

I'm thinking of installing a 30x30 or 25x25 paver stone pad that can be used for enjoying the summer or playing basketball with my kids. I'm planning on doing this over several days so I was wondering if it's okay to leave the paver stones half done and then continue the next day ? Can I lay a few at a time or does it have to be done in one shot ?
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Sure. No problem doing it over a number of days.
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afshaikh wrote:
Apr 19th, 2017 8:22 pm
Hi Guys,

I'm thinking of installing a 30x30 or 25x25 paver stone pad that can be used for enjoying the summer or playing basketball with my kids. I'm planning on doing this over several days so I was wondering if it's okay to leave the paver stones half done and then continue the next day ? Can I lay a few at a time or does it have to be done in one shot ?
I'd just cover with a tarp once you get to the sand stage otherwise you may be waiting a while for it to dry out in order to level the sand again without it clumping.
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When I did my paver walkway, i never covered it when it rained. I used HPB though and would recommend it. Project was done slowly due to the number of cuts required.
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Wouldn't there be a danger of these stones not being perfectly level with each other and causing a tripping hazard?
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Apr 21st, 2017 7:30 am
Wouldn't there be a danger of these stones not being perfectly level with each other and causing a tripping hazard?
And wouldn't your neighbour get highly annoyed having to listen to the thump thump thump of the ball while trying to enjoy a quiet glass of wine? We moved because of a person like this (pool pump).

It is a great way to spend time with the kids though. Just a consideration thing to maybe ponder before you go to all that work. I figured people just used the driveway since the surface is already complete.
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Drakestar wrote:
Apr 21st, 2017 7:51 am
And wouldn't your neighbour get highly annoyed having to listen to the thump thump thump of the ball while trying to enjoy a quiet glass of wine? We moved because of a person like this (pool pump).

It is a great way to spend time with the kids though. Just a consideration thing to maybe ponder before you go to all that work. I figured people just used the driveway since the surface is already complete.
I put interlocking stones on walkway and enlarged driveway, so nearly double the size of the 4 cars driveway, which allows us to play basketball there freely, loving it. Only one concern to do it on driveway AT THIS MOMENT is that my kids are small. Thus, I can't just let them to play on driveway by themselves in case the ball bounces to the road ;)

On the other hand, I wish my backyard is like those mansion which allows to build tennis court, basketball court and swimming pool there :)
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Apr 21st, 2017 7:30 am
Wouldn't there be a danger of these stones not being perfectly level with each other and causing a tripping hazard?
If you tamp the pavers after you lay them, they should be level. That said, it is a bit of a weird surface to play on.
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The reason for using pavers is that I think it's a DIY project that I feel comfortable attempting. My initial idea was to do concrete or even asphalt but it's not in the budget right now.

Please my backyard is 350 feet deep, so this would be at the back and I'm the corner house so no issues with neighbor on either side.

I was leaning towards pavers because the area could also double as a nice patio and a nice to have basketball court for my kids and myself to practice some shots. Nothing crazy to play professional basketball.
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don242 wrote:
Apr 21st, 2017 8:18 am

If you tamp the pavers after you lay them, they should be level. That said, it is a bit of a weird surface to play on.
Yeah, I have had pavers an the bigger they are, the more they are un-level. That plus the frost heave will make them lift at the edges and you have a problem.
afshaikh wrote:
Apr 21st, 2017 8:43 am
The reason for using pavers is that I think it's a DIY project that I feel comfortable attempting. My initial idea was to do concrete or even asphalt but it's not in the budget right now.

Please my backyard is 350 feet deep, so this would be at the back and I'm the corner house so no issues with neighbor on either side.

I was leaning towards pavers because the area could also double as a nice patio and a nice to have basketball court for my kids and myself to practice some shots. Nothing crazy to play professional basketball.
I have never seen a patio of large pavers that stays as level and smooth as a concrete pad and if playng basketball on the surface and it is the slightest uneven, you get hurt.

I think pavers for a play area is a bad idea.
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Apr 21st, 2017 12:41 pm
Yeah, I have had pavers an the bigger they are, the more they are un-level. That plus the frost heave will make them lift at the edges and you have a problem.



I have never seen a patio of large pavers that stays as level and smooth as a concrete pad and if playng basketball on the surface and it is the slightest uneven, you get hurt.

I think pavers for a play area is a bad idea.
I may have mis read the first post thinking that 25x 25 was the size of the pad. Now I see maybe the OP was talking about the size of the pavers? If so, I agree, those won't stay level.

Better to use the regular low cost small pavers. Those shouldn't heave if you do the patio properly.
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Apr 21st, 2017 12:41 pm
I have never seen a patio of large pavers that stays as level and smooth as a concrete pad and if playng basketball on the surface and it is the slightest uneven, you get hurt.

I think pavers for a play area is a bad idea.
That deserves a "thanks" as it's good advice. Concrete pad is the way to go for longevity as well as safety.

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