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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



     

PLANNING INSTALLATION

Paved surfaces are a great addition around the outdoors of your properties. Along with beautifully landscaped gardens you will have your own private haven. Pavers are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, materials, textures and sizes. Pavers can be simply installed onto large or small areas itís your choice where you choose to lay them around your home. Pavers can be installed by do-it-yourself or by hiring a contractor. Doing it yourself will save you in the pocket and time wise and it will give you the opportunity to challenge yourself and create a beautiful paved area for your home.

Materials:

Base Material: needs to be ¾" minus crushed aggregate. This should include all sizes even as small as dust
Coarse, Washed Concrete Sand: use for both bedding and joint sand
Pavers
Plastic Manufactured Paver Edging
Steel Spikes: 10" (25cm) in length, 3/8" (9mm) in diameter

Tools:
  • Spray Paint
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Garden Hose
  • Measuring Tape
  • Gloves
  • String
  • 3-5lb (1-2km) Hammer
  • Hack Saw
  • 4' (1 meter) level
  • Chalk Line
  • Square End Shovel
  • Tin Snips
  • Hard tooth garden rake
  • Trowel
  • Marking crayon or chalk
  • Stiff bristle push broom
  • Eye and Ear Protection
  • Dust Mask
  • 6'-8' (1.83-2.34 meter) 2x4 or 2x6 board
  • 1" (25mm) diameter screed guides (can be electrical conduit, or pieces of wood)
  • 3hp to 5hp Plate Compactor
  • Hand Tamper
  • Block/Paver Splitter or Masonry Saw
First, mark your intended project area with spray paint. This will allow you to visualize where you will be installing the pavers and will also be your guide for excavating. Extend your project area equal to the base material depth. This will be needed when preparing the base material. Next, call the local utility companies to come out and mark the job site locating the positions of any underground lines.

Draw a plan, showing all dimensions. A supplier will help determine the proper amount of supplies required to complete the project from the drawing. The square footage of the project is determined by multiplying the length by the width. When calculating the number of pavers add 5% to the square footage to allow for cutting and breakage. To determine the number of pieces of paver edging needed, measure outside perimeters, not to include footage that abuts a permanent structure, such as a house or driveway.

Once you have your paver installation planned, its time to begin excavating.

Overview

Installing pavers to your own property is a fun and rewarding task which will benefit the overall look of your residential property. Pavers can be installed with creative flair because they available in loads of different, styles, materials, sizes and shapes. Pavers can be used to create hardscape areas such as; patios, driveways, walkways or garden paths. These additions are beautiful and enticing for all the family to enjoy.

Designing and installing your own paved area is a simple and easy process if you know all the right facts and information. Choosing excellent materials such as; sand, base materials and tools will help you to install and create this fantastic addition to your home.

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