Sim­plify paving stone in­stal­la­tion

The Signal - - HOME - By Metro Cre­ative

Paving stones can add beauty to walk­ways, drive­ways and back­yard pa­tios, pro­vid­ing that eye-catch­ing fin­ish­ing touch to a prop­erty while en­hanc­ing its curb ap­peal.

Even though the in­stal­la­tion of pavers can be a la­bor-in­ten­sive process, with the right tools and tips, this can be a do-it-your­self project for home­own­ers with ren­o­va­tion ex­pe­ri­ence. Con­sider these tricks and how-to tips cour­tesy of The Home De­pot, DIY Net­work and Unilock.

Get your sup­plies

To be­gin a paver project, home­own­ers will need to stock up on some sup­plies they may not al­ready have at home. Mark­ing paint, ma­son line, wooden stakes, lev­el­ing sand, paver base, and more will be re­quired. A man­ual tam­per can be used. How­ever, for larger ar­eas, it can be worth the cost to rent a plate com­pactor.

Mea­sure the area

The num­ber of bags of sand, paver base and paving stones needed for the project de­pends on the size of the area. For ex­am­ple, ac­cord­ing to the Home De­pot, for 60 square feet, home­own­ers will need about 30 12 x 12-inch paver stones, 40 bags of paver base and 12 bags of paver lev­el­ing sand.

Spray or mark the area where the paving stones will be laid. Mea­sure care­fully so you can or­der ex­actly how many stones you will need. Have the ma­te­ri­als de­liv­ered to re­duce heavy lift­ing and trips to the store. Be sure to have all util­ity lines marked prior to ex­ca­va­tion to avoid dam­age.

Pre­pare the base care­fully

One of the most im­por­tant as­pects of paver in­stal­la­tion in­volves pre­par­ing the base. If you cut cor­ners in this process, the fin­ished re­sults can be sloppy, weeds can grow through and/or stones may loosen.

It’s es­sen­tial to grade the area away from the house. That means that the high­est point of the pa­tio or walk­way should be clos­est to the house and then the in­cline grad­u­ally flat­tens out as it moves away from the home. This al­lows proper wa­ter runoff. Mark the height on the stakes and ad­just the ma­son line. Re­mem­ber to slope the area away from your home with a drop-off of about one inch for ev­ery 8 feet.

The base of many DIY ap­pli­ca­tions should be be­tween four and six inches deep. Work in­cre­men­tally, rak­ing and tamp­ing un­til the base is firm. Lightly wet­ting the ma­te­rial can help it so­lid­ify.

Sand helps in­hibit weed growth and an­chor the pavers to­gether. Plas­tic lin­ing will not be prac­ti­cal.

In­stal­la­tion

Use edge re­straints and a string line to keep the de­sign straight. Do not ham­mer the pavers to­gether. Paver sand will need to be swept over and set­tled be­tween the stones to help set them in place.

It helps to read tu­to­ri­als and watch videos on paving stone in­stal­la­tion prior to be­gin­ning the project. With prac­tice, the in­stal­la­tion will go more smoothly.

Metro Cre­ative

Paving stones can add beauty to walk­ways, drive­ways and back­yard pa­tios, pro­vid­ing that eye-catch­ing fin­ish­ing touch to a prop­erty while en­hanc­ing its curb ap­peal.

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