Are you installing a new patio for the garden? Brick pavers are certainly nothing new but have recently come into fashion again where you can create a unique pattern, the design you can call your own. If you plan on starting from scratch, then you will need to, first of all, do some digging.
Here is a step by step guide to doing this yourself or with help.
Use stakes and twine to layout the patio. You also can use paint or a hose to outline the ground around curves. As you layout, consider the pavers dimension and leave an extra ¼ inch in your overall layout.
Once the patio or walk is laid out, dig out at least 8 inches of soil. This will leave enough room for a gravel bed, sand and the pavers which should sit ¼ to ½ inch above the natural soil.
Once you have excavated the ground add gravel about 4 inches thick along the excavated ground and compact it with a ground pounder or hand tamp for smaller areas. It should pitch roughly ¼ inch per foot.
Install the edging or border you plan on using. You will want a good quality material really, builders merchants in Glasgow like Travis Perkins do sell paver borders of this quality. These edgings can also come in the same matching colours of your pavers.
Install the edging level with the top of your pavers. Position the edging so that it pitches towards the watershed. Once the edging is in place it’s time for sand.
Add sand in a two-inch layer along the gravel bed. Tamp with a hand tamper or ground pounder for large areas. Use a 2×4 notched at the brick’s width and length of the walk or patio to screed the sand level. Now, add the soldier bricks along the edge if you are adding a border. If any bricks or pavers are defective on one side, turn the bad side down. They’re still usable. Just work one section at a time.
Lay the bricks or pavers in the desired pattern. Drop the bricks or pavers into place rather than slide them into place. If you slide them then you will cause the sand to become unlevelled and you’ll have an uneven walkway. Space the paver about 1/8 inches apart to allow sand to get packed in between the bricks or pavers. Save all the cuts for last, this way you can lay all the bricks and pavers adjusting as necessary.
Cut the bricks with a rented wet tile saw. Tap bricks in place with a rubber mallet hammer to avoid damaging the bricks or pavers.
Once the pavers or bricks are laid and all the cuts have been made its time to sand the joints. Spread coarse white sand over the pavers in roughly 1-inch thickness. Brush into the cracks with a stiff-bristled broom or brush. Brush in at a 45-degree angle to push the sand into the cracks.
Spray water using a garden hose along the walkway or patio. Don’t overwater. Add sand again and spread evenly into the cracks. Do this until no more sand can fit into the spaces.
Water your pavers and bricks occasionally and add sand as necessary. Pull up sinking bricks as needed and add sand to bring up the paver or brick-level with the rest. With a little care and maintenance, you can have a beautiful patio or walk that will last a lifetime.
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