Home & Garden Architecture

Brick Paving Installation

    • 1). Lay out the perimeter of your walkway with garden hose, string or marking paint. This gives you an idea of what your walkway will look like before you start digging. When you are happy with the layout, you can move on.

    • 2). Measure the width and the length of the area you outlined. Multiply the two together to achieve the square footage. For example, if your measurements total 2 foot by 50 foot, your square footage is 100 square feet. If you are using 1-square-foot pavers, divide your square feet by 1. This means you need 100 paving bricks. Add 5 percent onto that total to ensure you have extra blocks if needed.

    • 3). Measure the thickness of your pavers. Add 2 inches for gravel and 2 inches for sand and mortar. Let us assume the thickness if the paver is 3 inches. This gives you a total of 7-inches.

    • 4). Excavate the area for your walkway with a shovel to match the depth needed. If by chance, you are installing a patio next to a house, dig 1 inch deeper every 4 feet as you dig away from the house. This forces water to run away from the house.

    • 5). Place 2 inches of gravel in the ditch and tamp it down with a tamper. Use a bubble level, and check the gravel to ensure it is still level.

    • 6). Place 1 inch of sand over the gravel. This creates a sanding surface for the mortar to rest on. Most of the sand will filter into the rocks.

    • 7). Apply a 1-inch layer of mortar on the bottom of the paver block with a trowel and place the block over the stone. Apply a 1/4-inch layer of mortar on each side of the paver to create the grout line. Place a 1-inch layer of mortar on the second block and then place the block next to the first block. Continue this process until you lay all of the blocks. Make sure each block remains level with the previous blocks. Use a bubble level for this. Allow at least 24 hours before using the walkway.

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