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How to Lay a Paver Patio

Add a stylish new paver patio to your yard for lasting beauty.

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  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Prepare Gravel Base

After locating and marking the outline for the paver patio, excavate the entire area to a depth of 8". This will allow for 4" of gravel base, 1" of sand, and 3" for the concrete pavers. Lay gravel over the entire area, rake smooth and tamp down to a level surface using a hand or power tamper.

Step 2: Add Sand

Pour sand evenly over the entire area to a depth of 1", using a rake to distribute it. Using a horizontal 2" x 4", smooth out and level the surface of the sand. Once the sand has been smoothed out, do not walk on it.

Step 3: Lay Pavers

Starting at one end, begin placing pavers in any number of decorative patterns. Continue laying pavers following the pattern until the area is complete. For any irregular spaces, it may be necessary use a cold chisel to cut them to size.

place pavers in decorative pattern

Step 4: Install Plastic Edging

Measure and cut plastic brick edging to the required length to secure pavers. When installing the edging, make sure it is flush with the pavers and resting on the gravel base because the sand is not secure enough. Secure the edging in place by hammering 12” spikes.

Step 5: Fill Joints

Spread a thin layer of sand over the entire patio and use a push broom to work it into the gaps between pavers. Soak the patio with a gentle spray of water to help settle the sand into the gaps. Repeat the process until the sand fills all the gaps.

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  • Tools from Black and Decker
  • Tools from Porter-Cable Corporation

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