Seven Easy Steps to Installing Your Own
Driveway and Patio Without Mortar or Concrete!
(Part 1 of 5)
Foreword by the Natural Handyman...
This instructional information has been supplied to us by the Brick
Industry Association. We have adapted their original brochure
(sent to us in Adobe Acrobat format) to .html, and have broken it up into
parts to decrease the downloading time... especially if you are using a dialup
connection. We have also made some slight changes to the text to adapt
it to this format. There
are other books and instructional materials available through their website at
Here's what you'll need to get started:
Brick pavers are different from the brick used on house walls in that they are solid, i.e., without holes. Sizes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but they generally come in
4' x 8', 3 5 /8' x 7 5 /8' and 3 3 /4' x 7 1/2'. Typical thicknesses run from about 1
1/4' to 2 1/4'. There are also many different styles to choose from, with each manufacturer carrying its own selection.
This is what holds the brick in place. Use only well-graded, washed concrete sand.
This creates a strong base. It may be called different things in different parts of the
country-gravel, road base, or crusher run. Whatever the name, the stones should range in size from about 3
/4' down to fine dust.
Border or Edging Materials...
2. Rigid plastic or metal specifically intended as edging material
3. Wood: 2 x 4 or 4 x 4 pressure-treated, or natural redwood
For wood, metal or rigid plastic, you'll need metal spikes that are at least 8” long.
String and Wooden Stakes...
Used for aligning brickwork
1. Flat shovel
3. Garden hose with fine spray
4. Hard garden rake
5. Broad-blade chisel, brick splitter or
masonry saw for cutting and fitting the brick (the last two are readily
available for rent at your local rental store or brick distributor)
6. Carpenter's level
7. Wood "screed" strip- a
2 x 4, at least 3' long (used to create a uniform sand bed depth)
8.Electric drill and appropriate
size bit (for wood edging only)
11. Plate compactor (rented)
Continue to Part 2