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Installing a Brick or Paver Walkway: Do It Yourself Tips

The use of Bricks or Pavers to create a walkway or patio area complements a home in a manner in which is unrivaled. It adds a level of quality and elegance to a house entryway that can not be attained with either concrete or asphalt. Brick and Pavers likewise come in various colors and shapes enabling special color designs and patterns to be attained. In addition, setting up a Brick or Paver walkway does not always need a pro. With some fundamental understanding and a fairly simple walkway plan, a house owner is capable of undertaking such a project.
Prepare the base
The key to setting up a Brick or Paver Walkway is to very first appropriately prepare the area where the bricks/pavers are to be installed. The area ought to be excavated at least a foot down, eliminating all topsoil and clay soil. In addition, string lines need to be strung on each side of the walkway. The string lines suggest the completed height of the walkway.
As soon as the area has been dug down, 3/4″ gravel stone need to be laid in and tamped down tightly. Then 2″ of sand, or stone dust need to be topped the gravel. Again the sand/stone dust need to be tamped down. Stone dust is recommended. The height between the tamped down sand and the stringline need to equal 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 serve 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 shops. The strips need to be anchored down with 12″ galvinized nails. You need 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 make sure that they interlock with each other. Constantly stagger nearby rows of bricks by 1/2 of a brick to interlock them. This will again assist maintain the stability of the walkway.
Undoubtedly bricks/pavers will need to be cut or split when developing the walkway. Unless you wish to buy or rent a costly wet saw, we recommend purchasing a simple brick/paver splitter. It is basically a sculpt with a broad end that is the width of the bricks/pavers. To actually cut/split the brick/paver, lay it in a bed of sand and place the chisel at a 75-degree angle over the area where you wish to break the brick. Then utilizing a hammer strike the butt end of the chisel strongly. You may need to do this a number of times. You may likewise wish 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 need to break cleanly. If your walkway has curves you will need to buy/rent a wet saw.
After setting up the bricks, build up the outside edges with extra sand, and after that shovel in the topsoil and pack down strongly.
Fill the fractures
Finally, spread stone dust over the new walkway and sweep into the fractures. Repeat this process a number of times to make sure the fractures are totally filled. This will finish the interlocking of the bricks and assist to eliminate any weed development. Just add turf seed to the outside edges and you should have a lovely entryway to your home within a number of weeks.