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Davee 12-28-2009 06:17 AM

Wood pathway
I want to use decking wood to create a free form walkway to my deck. Any ideas on the best way to do this?

handyguys 12-28-2009 08:06 AM

it depends on if you expect it to last or not. Do you want to do this because of muddy or soggy conditions or is this purely astetic?

In an ideal world you construct this like any other deck with footers, etc. You can get away with just a couple 4x4s or lanscape timbers with decking boards attached as well.

Davee 12-28-2009 03:42 PM

Thanks handyguys. So if I lay 4x4s in sand will that be enough to stabilize the deck boards?

Con65 01-04-2010 07:42 AM

You might want to think about the need to prepare the sand base you're going to use.

My neighbor in upstate New York built a similar walkway. Used 8 foot pressure treated 4X4's on a two inch sand base and Trex decking material. It looked great until we had frost heaves over the winter.

He had to dig out the base and use a compactor (similar to putting down pavers). After he did that, no more problems. I've always wondered if using shorter 4X4's would have eliminated the problem also.

cibula11 01-06-2010 07:19 PM


Originally Posted by Davee (Post 38163)
Thanks handyguys. So if I lay 4x4s in sand will that be enough to stabilize the deck boards?

It really depends on how much foot traffic this will get. If it will be used as any walkway quite a bit, I would at least dig footers every 6 ft or so on either side and lay the 4x4's across those. With weather changes you might get some heave if you just put on sand.

Make sure you use heavy duty landscape fabric underneath....not plastic (you'll want drainage, not standing water).

travelover 01-07-2010 03:23 PM

Make sure you don't put any slope on it - wood is notoriously slippery when wet.

Davee 01-08-2010 05:31 PM

Thanks for all the great suggestions!

Davee 01-11-2010 10:56 AM

Is trex used as a pathway any more or less slippery when wet? If there is little difference with say using 2x6 redwood, then I would rather use trex. Thanks in advance for your reply.

handyguys 01-11-2010 12:25 PM

Trex might be more slippery but not much more so. The redwood if it gets wet and mold covered will also be somewhat slippery. The trex should outlast the redwood at grade level.

TxBuilder 01-11-2010 12:44 PM

What are you going with Davee?

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