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I've just installed new pavers and used silica sand, just keeps blowing out.
one half inch joints, what is the alternative to loose sand?
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What kind or pavers are using 1/2" joints for?

Interlocking concrete pavers have very tight joints (1/16 - 1/8") depending on the manufactured spacers on the side. - They require a fine sand (mason's sand).

Other types (clay and large concrete "stepping stones") are usually used with larger joints that do not give the stability, but may be OK for a patio, but not for a driveway or street.

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As I said, what kind of pavers. - "Torpedo sand" is just a local term, but usually is not good for anything other than the sloppy, wide gap pavers and not the much more common interlocking concrete pavers.
 

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I would suggest using a polymeric sand like Alliance's Gator Sand. It hardens when you wet it. This will keep weeds and ants out of the joints and keep the sand from blowing out.
 

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I would suggest using a polymeric sand like Alliance's Gator Sand. It hardens when you wet it. This will keep weeds and ants out of the joints and keep the sand from blowing out.
I don't like that stuff it doesn't drain like the traditional sands.

I used to do walkways with another company when I lived on the east coast and we never used polymer stuff.
 

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For joints that size I would use crushed stone. It'll pack tight, keep things pretty stable and drain well.
 
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