Using NAPA Floor Dry in the gritty mix.

newgen(9 Central California)April 22, 2012

In previous posts, Al and Josh explained that the role of the grit component is to balance out the water-retentive property of Turface: more grit & less Turface if one wants the mix to hold less water, and vice versa if more water retention is desired.

I've read that NAPA Floor Dry is an acceptable substitute for grit. the NAPA stuff absorbs liquid (that's its characteristic). So if Turface and NAPA Floor Dry BOTH retain moisture, wouldn't that render the gritty mix super saturated?


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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

I think whoever said that the floor dry was a substitute for grit was mistaken or misspoke. I've used Turface and NAPA floor dry and found the floor dry seems to hold a little more water. Substitutes for grit might be pumice, pea gravel or perlite. The most important feature is that the particle size is right.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 1:33PM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

The NAPA floor dry is a substitute for the Turface.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 4:57PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Just to confirm what's already been said - the NAPA floor dry holds even more water than Turface, so they are roughly interchangeable.


    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 7:49AM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

Where did yoou read this ?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 3:41AM
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and here's another alternative or substitute for napa floor dry, and maybe even cheaper:

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 5:16PM
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