I’m not completely sure what has caused the problem that others have experienced, but I had great success with this sand. As one reviewer pointed out, it’s not “sand” per se, but a mixture that looks like sand and hardens like cement when cured. We have a 12’ x 4’ granite block walkway that was set straight in the dirt years before we purchased the home. We dug the blocks out, laid a base, and reset them; we had no choice but to leave a fairly large gap in-between the blocks, as that’s how they were laid out originally and there weren’t any spares laying around the yard. Now this is where I had to go a little off the stated directions; first, it says the maximum joint width is 1.5 inches, but we had a few joints that were closer to 2”. Second, forget using a leaf blower to clear off the sand after settling it into the pavers, because no matter how low the speed or how hard you try, you WILL end up blowing the sand out of the joints, so I just went with a small hand broom and brushed from one end of the walkway to the other. The granite blocks are about 4” thick, so that meant having to use multiple buckets of the sand and layering the applications. The first application was a little over 1” depth; I watered it in, let it cure, and then waited a few more days before putting the next layer down, repeated the process and applied the third layer, and the project was complete! What’s even better is that I tried this on some large and smaller cracks in the joints of our flagstone walkway, and it worked out great! The cracks are gone and the overall appearance of the walkway is much improved.
Something to note is the instructions say to use a back-and-forth motion when spraying the sand with the hose nozzle’s “shower” setting – assuming you have a multi-function hose nozzle. I tried that initially, but found the setting knocked some of the sand out of the joints, so I used the “cone” setting and found it’s much more effective.
The only gripe I have is the inconsistency of color between buckets; the material from one bucket turned a sandstone color after being wet and cured, but another bucket was clearly more gray in color beforehand and dried a lighter shade (think North Carolina beach sand vs. Florida Gulf Coast beach sand, and you’ll understand what I mean). Luckily the lighter stuff was the top layer, so the end result didn’t affect the visible color consistency, but it’s something to be aware of if you need more than one bucket of the stuff.
Easy to Install, Multi Use