How to install concrete or cement pavers on a patio, driveway, or walk
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Installing a Stone, Paver or Brick Garden Path or Patio Over Packed Sand
Cement pavers, brick, and stone can be dry-laid over a bed of sand by a homeowner without difficulty. The installation process is fairly simple and is forgiving. In areas where no frost heave occurs, you can lay large stones directly over compact soil if need be. Then you just need to sweep sand between the stones or bricks to help keep them from shifting.
Here we offer a very basic step-by-step way to install stones, pavers, and bricks to make a walkway, patio, or garden path. I will refer to all concrete pavers, bricks or stone as simply- stone, to save space.
The simplest form of stone paving is laying flat stones directly on the ground. Loosen the dirt so each stone sits firmly and is supported evenly underneath. Grass or ground cover grows between the stones and you mow right over them. This method is appropriate for rustic, natural settings. To help drainage, spread a half-inch layer of sand over the compacted dirt before laying the stone.
For a formal look or design and to get better drainage, lay stone in compacted sand over crushed stone. This requires more work, but you'll get a flatter, more even paving with joints of sand between the stones instead of vegetation. The sand compensates for irregularities in the ground. Once the bed is in place, laying the stones is a lot like doing a puzzle. Try different combinations until you get the smallest gap between stone joints. If using pavers or bricks, the pattern will have been pre-determined.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS YOU MAY REQUIRE -
When ordering materials, have your measurements with you so the dealer can help figure your needs. If you are
LAYING STONE IN PACKED SAND:
1. Lay out Your Area-
2. Excavate Soil-
3. Install a Weed Barrier-
4. Spread and Screed the Sand-
5. Install the Stones-
TIP: If you have to kneel on the sand to lay stone, use a piece of plywood to keep from creating depressions. After you have laid a few stones, kneel on the stone instead. Use a 4-foot-long level to maintain the paving level.
6. Cut and Shape the Stones-
7. Fill the Joints with Sand-
Now stand back and admire your work!
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