Covering your patio with concrete pavers will give it a touchy, European feel. Your pathway will also get high marks for durability, loveliness, and stylishness. Take your pick from the array of designs that is available for homeowners who would like to construct it themselves. This is going to make you break a sweat, and your reward can be found in the end. Are you ready to pave your own path? Take the steps that follow.
- Make the necessary preparations. First things should be done first. You have to ring Dig Safe, a system that monitors which utilities have to be bypassed in the construction of private fences or pathways. You need to secure a permit from your local administrator before starting. A team of checkers will visit your area after days of filing, so set a leeway for the waiting time. When this has been done with, it is time to mark your coverage area. Use posts to locate the parameters of your project. Leave an allowance of one foot for both edges of your pathway. Use spray paint to mark the actual edges.
- Put up your guideposts. Attach a cord around the posts and level the cord with the line level. And then, you need to set up drainage. A foot is equivalent to a quarter of an inch drop. For example, you need to drop five inches for trail that is 20 feet in length. Let go of one end of the line level five inches down.
- Start digging the area. Excavate the coverage area for about ten inches deep and six inches broader than the actual pavement width. Compress the soil that will hold your pavers underneath. Use a compactor to secure the solidity of the foundational soil, as this will affect the durability of your pavers.
- Fill out the foundation with stone and stone dust. These two materials should be combined. To maintain a solid base, you should put six and seven-eighth inches into the dug area. Take again the compactor and set to 2x4 with the ¾-inch EMT conduit. Use this to compact the two edges of the trail and then the middle area. Remove it and level again.
- Make a layer of stone dust. Next, you have to fill it up with stone dust. Use the ¾-inch EMT to screen flat the dust. Avoid stepping on the screened part. Use the ¾-inch EMT on the edges of your path. You can now start putting pavers in the pattern you desire. It is better to go to the direction of your home to the road. Place the pavers side by side.
- Keep the pavers in place with durable plastic strips. These materials have 10-inch barbs that set the plastic in place. You can also throw in a bit of sandstone at the end of your pathway for style.
- Use polymeric sand. This is the last material to be used in filling the cracks. Use compactor until the cracks are full of sand. You can set up a nice pile of earth and grass on the ground beside your pavers to complete the look.
There you go! You can now install concrete pavers on your own with the help of these guidelines. Take your time in finishing this project as its durability relies mostly on the first few steps.