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Installing a Brick or Paver Walkway: DIY Tips

Using Bricks or Pavers to create a pathway or patio area complements a home in a way that is unequaled. It adds a level of quality and elegance to a house entryway that can not be achieved with either concrete or asphalt. Brick and Pavers likewise come in various colors and shapes permitting unique color schemes and patterns to be achieved. In addition, installing a Brick or Paver pathway does not necessarily require a pro. With some basic understanding and a fairly simple pathway plan, a property owner is capable of carrying out such a project.
Prepare the base
The key to installing a Brick or Paver Walkway is to first appropriately prepare the area where the bricks/pavers are to be installed. The area ought to be dug out at least a foot down, getting rid of all topsoil and clay soil. In addition, string lines ought to be strung on each side of the pathway. The string lines indicate the finished height of the pathway.
As soon as the area has been dug down, 3/4″ gravel stone ought to be laid in and tamped down tightly. Then 2″ of sand, or stone dust ought to be spread over the gravel. Once again the sand/stone dust ought to be tamped down. Stone dust is recommended. The height between the tamped down sand and the stringline ought to equal the density of the brick or paver.
Now that you have a stable base, place a 1″ pipeline or ledger board the length of the pathway on either side of the pathway. 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 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 act as your pathway border and help to maintain the integrity and shape of the pathway. You can get these plastic strip borders at most home improvement shops. The strips ought to be anchored down with 12″ galvinized nails. You ought to 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 numerous patterns you can lay. I particularly 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 again help maintain the integrity of the pathway.
Undoubtedly bricks/pavers will need to be cut or split when developing the pathway. Unless you want to buy or rent a pricey 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 strongly. 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 one or two strikes the brick/paver ought to break easily. If your pathway 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 strongly.
Fill the cracks
Finally, spread stone dust over the new pathway and sweep into the cracks. Repeat this process a couple of times to ensure the cracks are totally filled. This will finish the interlocking of the bricks and help to remove any weed growth. Just add lawn seed to the outdoors edges and you should have a lovely entryway to your house within a couple of weeks.