Seven Easy Steps to Installing Your Own
Driveway and Patio Without Mortar or Concrete!
(Part 3 of 5)
Step 2... Preparing the area (see site preparation graphic below)
1. Check with your local utility
companies to determine the location of underground lines.
2. After you're sure that the area you intend to pave has proper drainage (1/4" per foot slope away from foundations or other permanent structures), outline the area with
stakes and string, and be sure to include the width of your edging
3. Use a flat shovel to remove
only enough sod or dirt to provide a flat, level surface upon which to
place the crushed stone base. It is important that dirt or excess soil
that is removed and re-installed should be firmly settled with a plate
compactor for an even base.
Step 3... Installing the Base
1. After compacting the soil,
place the crushed stone base into the excavation. Using a plate
compactor, tamp down no more than 4" (depth) of base material at
one time. This is a critical step-if not done carefully and thoroughly,
the bricks will move over time.
2. The base material should be
slightly damp when compacting.
Step 4... Framing the Borders
1. The border, or edging system,
is necessary to insure that your brick paving remains firmly in place
and stays beautiful for years. Begin by installing, but not anchoring,
your edging. Experiment now with the pattern you've chosen by
temporarily laying brick around the edge of the paving. (Note that
complex designs, like herringbone, may require significant amounts of
2. Once you're satisfied with placement,
anchor the edging by driving spikes at least 8' into the base every 2 to
3 feet. For wood edging, drill holes and drive the spikes through the
middle of the wood. For brick edging, dig a trench deep enough so that
the top edge of the edging brick will be flush with the brick surface of
your finished project.
3. One border can remain unanchored
until final brick installation to insure a tight fit. Now, remove the
bricks you temporarily installed.
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