Making use of Bricks or Pavers to create a walkway or outdoor patio matches a home in a manner in which is unmatched. It adds a level of quality and elegance to a home entryway that can not be achieved with either concrete or asphalt. Brick and Pavers likewise are available in many different colors and shapes permitting special color designs and patterns to be achieved. In addition, installing a Brick or Paver walkway does not always require a pro. With some basic understanding and a relatively simple walkway plan, a homeowner is capable of carrying out such a project.
Prepare the base
The key to installing a Brick or Paver Sidewalk is to very first properly prepare the area where the bricks/pavers are to be set up. The area ought to be excavated at least a foot down, removing all topsoil and clay soil. In addition, string lines must be strung on each side of the walkway. The string lines show the completed height of the walkway.
Once the area has been dug, 3/4″ gravel stone must be laid in and tamped down tightly. Then 2″ of sand, or stone dust must be topped the gravel. Once again the sand/stone dust must be tamped down. Stone dust is preferred. The height between the tamped down sand and the stringline must equal the density of the brick or paver.
Now that you have a stable base, place a 1″ pipe or ledger board the length of the walkway on either side of the walkway. Then using a flat-edge, e.g. a 2″ x4″ board, slide it over the two lengths of the pipe/ledger board. In doing this you will create a level surface area to lay the bricks/pavers.
Now place on the level sand/stone dust strips of plastic brick borders. Install a run on both sides of the prepared area. These strips will function as your walkway border and aid to maintain the stability and shape of the walkway. You can get these plastic strip borders at most home improvement stores. The strips must be anchored down with 12″ galvinized nails. You must sink these nails into the ground and through the strips every foot.
Lay bricks and pavers
Once this is done, you can then start to lay the bricks/pavers. There are numerous patterns you can lay. I especially like the Herring Bone pattern. The key to laying the bricks/pavers is to ensure that they interlock with each other. Constantly stagger nearby rows of bricks by 1/2 of a brick to interlock them. This will once again assist maintain the stability of the walkway.
Undoubtedly bricks/pavers will need to be cut or split when building the walkway. Unless you want to purchase or rent a costly wet saw, we suggest buying a simple brick/paver splitter. It is generally a chisel with a wide end that is the width of the bricks/pavers. To really cut/split the brick/paver, lay it in a bed of sand and place the chisel at a 75-degree angle over the spot where you want to break the brick. Then using a hammer strike the butt end of the chisel securely. You may need to do this a couple of times. You may likewise want to flip the brick/paver over and strike the other side of the brick using the hammer and chisel. Within a couple of strikes the brick/paver must break easily. If your walkway has curves you will need to buy/rent a wet saw.
After installing the bricks, develop the outside edges with extra sand, and after that shovel in the topsoil and pack down securely.
Fill the fractures
Lastly, spread stone dust over the new walkway and sweep into the fractures. Repeat this process a couple of times to ensure the fractures are fully filled. This will complete the interlocking of the bricks and assist to get rid of any weed growth. Just add yard seed to the outside edges and you should have a stunning entryway to your home within a couple of weeks.