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Posted 2013-05-10T21:14:21+0000  by gknefley gknefley

Hi gknefley,


Thank you for your question and welcome to our community.  We are glad that you are here.  When it comes installing pavers, preparation is the key.  Here are some simple steps to follow:


  1. Mark off the area where you want you to install your pavers.
  2. Excavate the area, usually 4-6 inches deep depending on the thickness of your pavers.  Be sure to grade the base so that the slope goes away from the house.
  3. Add 2-3 inches of course pack bass then use a vibrating plate compactor or a hand held one.  For larger areas, the vibrating plate compactor works the best.  Check the grade with a long contractors level.
  4. Set up your paver border making sure that the border will touch about 1 inch of your pavers.  The border will prevent the pavers from sliding and shifting.  Lay down your weed mat.  The weed mat will prevent any weeds from forming a tap root.
  5. Add your leveling sand, usually about 1 inch deep.  To control the depth of the sand, use a 1inch X 1 inch wooden stake or pvc.  Scree the sand level using a 2 X 4 with the length needed for your patio.
  6. Set your pavers working outward from any fixed foundation like the house.  Use a rubber mallet to adjust your pavers.  Place the pavers that do not require cutting first. 
  7. Use you level to check to make sure you are maintaining the proper grade.Now that easy part is done, it is time to add the section of pavers that require a little adjusting.  A wet saw works best but you can also use a concrete blade on your circular saw or chop saw.
  8. After the pavers have been installed, you will want to use a fine grain finishing sand, Joint Lock or PolySand.  Use a push broom to sweep the sand across the pavers to fill in any of the smaller gaps between the pavers. 
  9. Use your vibrating plate compactor again to ensure the fine sand penetrates into the gaps.
  10. Use the fine spray setting of your garden hose nozzle to gently wash the rest of the sand into the gaps.  The moisture will set the Joint Lock or the PolySand.
  11. Set back and take a picture of your finished project.  You earned it!

Setting up the pad-Marking out the pad.jpg Setting up the pad 3 0 00 00-01.jpg Setting up the pad-Course pack base + forms.jpgPaver preparation-Screeing sand level.png Setting up the pad-Finishing sand over course pack base.jpg

  Weed mat-Landscape fabric.jpgQuikrete all purpose sand.jpg PaveStone Leveling Sand.jpgPaver Edging 6 ft.jpgPaver Edging 2.jpgPaver joint lock by QUICRETE.jpgPavestone PolySand.jpg  Vibrating Compactor.jpg 


Be sure to take pictures of your project as it progress and share them with us in our Project Library under: I Did This”.


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Posted 2013-05-14T19:04:53+0000  by Rick_HD_OC
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