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Replace an Old Walkway

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Tools & Materials

Jackhammer or sledge
Excavator
Gravel
Sand
Tamper
Pavers
String
Stakes
Broom
Sand

Tips for Replacing an Old Walkway

TIP: Replacing an old walkway is easier with the right equipment.

1. Use jackhammer or sledge to break up concrete.

2. Use excavator to scoop and dump pieces into truck or bin.

TIP: You can rent excavator.

TIP: Pull right lever back to raise boom; push forward to lower it.

3. Use excavator to dig new, 8-inch foundation.

TIP: Save soil for finishing edges of new walk.

4. Rent tamper to pack gravel and sand into bottom of foundation.

TIP: You can also make tamper out of 2x4 and plywood.

5. Lay first row of pavers across walk.

TIP: To keep pavers level, place them gently on top of sand; no pushing.

TIP: Run string and stakes for guide.

6. Finish edges with perpendicular row of soldier pavers.

7. Sweep sand into joints.

8. Tamp soil along edges.

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