Be sure you're using paving bricks and not regular bricks. Pavers are resistant to spalling - flaking caused by moisture and cold. Modular bricks are even better and are recommended in areas that will be traveled by heavy vehicles.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Garden Stakes
- Paving Stones
- 2-by-4 Boards
- Sledge Hammers
Install the edging at ground level. This can be made with edging boards treated with wood preservative or additional bricks. Wood should be supported with deep-driven stakes; brick should be set in a 4-inch concrete foundation. The idea is to keep the sand and gravel from spreading below the pavers.
Lay 4 inches of gravel.
Cover the gravel with 2 to 3 inches of sand.
Level the sand with the side of a 2-by-4 board and a carpenter's level. The depth should allow a brick laid on the sand to rise 1/4 inch above the top of the edging.
Lay the bricks in the desired pattern.
Go over the entire paved area with a plate vibrator. You can get one at an equipment rental store.
Use a garage broom to sweep dry sand between the bricks and go over the area again with the plate vibrator.
Tips and warnings
- If a plate vibrator isn't available, you can also tamp the bricks down by laying a 2-by-4 board across several bricks and giving it a good pounding with a sledgehammer. Be careful not to damage the individual bricks if you do this.
- Never step on the sand once it's level. Use a wide board to spread your weight if you must cross it.