How to remove paving stones

Updated February 21, 2017

Patios and walkways that are made of paving stones offer a number of advantages. Ease of installation, cost and attractiveness are just a few. Another significant positive characteristic is that repairs can be made easily by replacing individual damaged stones, rather than the entire area. First, you'll have to learn how to remove a paver stone from a completed patio or walkway.

Get a wire clothes hanger and untwist it so that you have one piece of wire. Use a pair of wire cutters and cut two pieces of approximately 8-inch wires. Avoid using the area of the wire that was wrapped around the neck of the hanger.

Use the pliers to straighten each piece of wire, then bend the bottom 1 inch of each wire piece out at a 90-degree angle.

Hold one wire in each hand with the bent end facing the stone you wish to lift; the bent ends should run parallel with the edges of the stone. Work the bent sides of the wire into the sand borders on the sides of the stone, far enough so that they are lower than the bottom of the stone.

Twist the wires so that the bent ends rotate 90 degrees and are directly under the stone.

Pull up on the wires and the stone will come right up.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire clothes hanger
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
bibliography-icon icon for annotation tool Cite this Article

About the Author

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.