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Installing a Brick or Paver Sidewalk: Do It Yourself Tips

Making use of Bricks or Pavers to create a sidewalk or patio matches a home in a manner in which is unrivaled. It adds a level of quality and elegance to a home entryway that can not be accomplished with either concrete or asphalt. Brick and Pavers likewise are available in several colors and shapes permitting unique color schemes and patterns to be accomplished. In addition, installing a Brick or Paver walkway does not always need a pro. With some basic knowledge and a relatively simple walkway plan, a property owner is capable of undertaking such a project.
Prepare the base
The key to installing a Brick or Paver Sidewalk is to very first appropriately prepare the area where the bricks/pavers are to be set up. The area should be dug out at least a foot down, getting rid of all topsoil and clay soil. In addition, string lines must be strung on each side of the walkway. The string lines indicate the finished height of the walkway.
As soon as the area has been dug down, 3/4″ gravel stone must be laid in and tamped down securely. 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 equate to the density of the brick or paver.
Now that you have a steady base, place a 1″ pipeline or ledger board the length of the walkway on either side of the walkway. Then utilizing 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 assistance 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
As soon as this is done, you can then begin to lay the bricks/pavers. There are lots of 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 surrounding rows of bricks by 1/2 of a brick to interlock them. This will again assist maintain the stability of the walkway.
Inevitably 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 recommend purchasing a simple brick/paver splitter. It is essentially 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 utilizing 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 utilizing the hammer and chisel. Within one or two 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 outdoors edges with extra sand, and after that shovel in the topsoil and pack down securely.
Fill the fractures
Finally, 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 finish the interlocking of the bricks and assist to get rid of any weed development. Just add turf seed to the outdoors edges and you should have a lovely entryway to your house within a couple of weeks.