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PLANNING INSTALLATION
EXCAVATION
BASE PREPARATION
EDGE RESTRAINTS
BEDDING SAND
PAVER INSTALLATION
MARKING/CUTTING PAVERS
JOINT SAND
CLEANING PAVING
SEALING PAVERS
PICKING A CONTRACTOR
PAVER LIGHTING
TYPES OF PAVERS
COST BENEFITS



     

BEDDING SAND

Preparing the Bedding Sand

Once you have excavated and prepared the base material it is now time to prepare your bedding sand. Bedding sand is important because once the pavers are compacted, the bedding sand moves up into the paver joints ensuring proper interlock and a smooth surface. The proper type of sand to use is coarse, concrete, washed sand. The same type of sand you will use for your joint sand. Bedding sand should be 1" in thickness across all of the base material. The best way to screed sand is with 1 outside diameter metal pipes. Start by placing the 1 pipe directly on top of the compacted base. Then cover the pipes with piles of sand to prevent the them from moving and sand from getting under them. Once all sand is spread out evenly, you then need to screed the sand. Using a screed board, pull across the top of the pipes to strike off the sand. This process will help prepare for the installation of the pavers.

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