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Posted 2013-04-19T13:05:29+0000  by HomeDepotJayne HomeDepotJayne

How to make a Paver Path


When putting in pavers, many do it yourselfers feel that all they need to do is scrape away some of the grass and lay down the pavers and then the project is done!  Does anyone see a problem with this line of thinking???


Most pavers are flat on the bottom and will set nicely on a smooth flat surface.  Laying down a paver path is not the same as putting in a concrete slab where the ground does not have to be smooth before the concrete is laid. 


Before you begin you will want to mark out the area where you want your paver path to be.  Use two long pieces of garden hose to lay out your perspective pathway.  This will give you a good visual of what your pathway will look like.


Once you have decided on the location, the type of pavers and the shape of your path way, use landscaping paint to mark out the area.  Depending on where you live, the frost line may be an issue.  This just means you will have to dig out a deeper area which will go below your frost line.


Ideally, you will want to have at least 1-2 inches of a compacted course pack base followed by 1-2 inches of finer finishing sand.  For the West Coast, I like to add the weed mat after the course base material and then lay down the finishing sand when using pavers.  The pavers you use can vary in thickness and you will have to add in this thickness when you decide how your paver path is going in.  Will it be above the surrounding area or level with it.  I favor having it above the surrounding area to avoid debris being washed onto the walkway when it rains or when the sprinklers are on.


It is very important that the ground where you intend on setting the pavers has been compacted, leveled, weed mat added and has about an inch of finishing sand.  Why?

1.       The ground needs to be compacted with course sand or gravel mixture to help prevent settling.

2.       Weed mat will help prevent weeds from establishing a tap root.

3.       The pavers may not all have the exact same height.  The sand will allow for you to make up the slight difference when you set the          pavers down. 

4.        Having a border around your pavers will help prevent the pavers from moving after they have been walked on over time. 

Once the area has been compacted, it is time add your finishing sand.  Once the finishing sand has been added and compacted, it is time to set your pavers. After you have set your pavers in:

1.       Use a vibrating plate compactor to settle the pavers into your base material.

2.        Once the pavers have been compacted, pour a fine finishing sand on top of your pavers.  Sweep the sand over the pavers                        making sure to get this fine sand into and of the spaces between the pavers.

3.         Now that the sand has been swept over the pavers, us a vibrating plate compactor to settle the sand into the any spaces in                    between the pavers.

4.       Your next step will be to use a Polymeric Sand.  This will act like a grout that is put in between tiles.  Pour the Polymeric Sand                 over the top of the pavers and sweep it into the cracks between the pavers.

5.       Once the Polymeric Sand has been swept in, remove the excess with your push broom.  A leaf blower will help in removing the              finer dust.

6.        Using a finer spray from your garden hose, gently wash the top of the pavers.  The water will activate the Polymeric sand and                  cause it to harden in about 1 hour.


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Posted 2014-04-22T22:48:08+0000  by Rick_HD_OC
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