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Creating An Extra Parking Space

This DIY Basic will provide tips on how to create an extra parking space.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:
pavers rated for motor vehicles
wheel barrow
vibratory plate compactor
interlocking gravel
washed sand
concrete saw
plastic pave edge
silica or polymeric sand
safety goggles
ear protection
garden hose
nozzle with fine spray setting

Step 3: Mark the Parking Area

Buy pavers rated for motor vehicles. Standard paver thickness is about 2 3/4 inches.

Start by marking the parking area with string and stakes. Sizing the space to conform to whole numbers of pavers will save a lot of sawing.

Park your vehicle in the space to make sure it fits.

Step 4: Dig the Foundation and Add Gravel

Dig the foundation. You’ll need 3 inches for gravel, 2 inches for sand, plus the height of the paver, plus 1/4 inch. The working level of pavers should be 1/4 inch above the existing driveway.

Line the foundation with landscaping fabric. Spread a 3-inch layer of gravel on top of the fabric. Use a vibratory plate compactor to pack down the gravel.

Use a carpenter’s level and a 2x4 to level the gravel.

Step 5: Add the Sand

Put down 2 inches of washed sand. Use the level and 2x4 to level the sand.

The surface of the sand should be below the driveway level a distance equal to the width of the pavers minus 1/4 inch.

Step 6: Lay the Pavers

Lay a row of 'soldier' pavers around the outer edge. The edge row can be perpendicular to the running pattern.

Starting at the driveway edge, lay the pavers. Use a staggered, running bond, basket weave or herringbone pattern. Fit together the pavers as tightly as possible.

Use a concrete saw to cut partial pavers.

Do not step into or disturb the sand while you lay pavers.

Step 7: Install a Pave Edge

Install a pave edge around the pavers, securing it with spikes pounded into the ground.

Sweep silica or polymeric sand into the joints between the pavers. A light spray of water will make the sand set up in the joints.

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