Six Easy Steps
To Install Pavers
• Shovel 265-4114
• Saw with Masonry Blade
• 1” diameter pipes for leveling
• 2” x 4” to assist in leveling
• Paver Edge
• Paver Base
• Landscape Fabric
Follow these six steps to install pavers to create a relaxing and useful backyard.
Step 1: Remove sod
Excavate the installation area to approximately 6" larger on all sides than the actual finished size.
Step 2: Prepare and compact base
Lay landscape fabric. Install paver base and compact to a finished thickness of 4" for patios and walkways and 8" for driveways. Paver base should be installed in 4" increments. Prepare the base by firmly compacting the soil. Place 2" of paver base and thoroughly compacted.
Step 3: Screed sand
Layout 1" diameter pipe on base then pour 1" of play sand over compacted base and screed the play sand by dragging a 2"x4". Level the surface in both directions with a level board over pipe.
Step 4: Install paver edge
Install paver edge around the entire project 3" from edge of compacted aggregate.
Step 5: Lay pavers
Lay paver stones in desired pattern with approximately 1/8" joints. If the desired pattern requires cutting, the paver can be cut with a circular saw with a masonry blade or a paver splitter (179-9609) that you can find at your local Menards®.
Step 6: Compact and spread sand
Compact the installed pavers with a plate compactor in both directions at least two passes. Once compacted, spread play sand on the installation and sweep into joints. Compact again to ensure that all joints are completely full. Remove any remaining sand from on top of project. You can substitute paver locking sand in place of play sand to inhibit weed growth.