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||Posted: 17 May 2019,14:06
Most trays are slightly deeper than blocks so some form of bedding is usually required.
You could use grit sand, same as used for bedding blocks on the main pavement, or even a mortar mix (say 6:1 semi-dry). With a plastic frame, the plate compactor will bounce, so best to assemble the tray on a solid surface and use a mallet to compact blocks, then offer the paved tray into the frame.
When bedding onto sand, I usually drill a couple of 10mm dia holes in the base of the tray about 50mm or so from opposite corners, then line the tray with a permeable, non-woven, construction grade geotextile before placing the bedding and fixing the blocks. This allows any water that finds its way into the tray to also find its way out again and prevent the tray looking damp long after the rest of the pavement has dried out.
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