How to Level Sand for a Paver Brick Install

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How to Level Sand for a Paver Brick Install
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Brick pavers are durable and attractive in a path or a patio, and they're not too difficult to install. You'll need to use sand--on top of crushed stone--as the top layer of the base on which the pavers will be installed. Sand provides a stable base for brick pavers. Taking time to level the sand before beginning will ensure a solid, level surface when your installation is complete.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Level
  • 2 pipes, 1-inch diameter
  • Two-by-four

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  1. 1

    Place the two 1-inch pipes approximately three feet apart. Bring them level with each over along their whole length by setting a level across them. Use additional pipes for larger surfaces.

  2. 2

    Fill the area between and on either side of the pipes with sand. Use enough to slightly cover the pipes.

  3. 3

    Place the two-by-four across the pipes and gently pull the sand in one direction, making it smooth and level. Fill any depressions with sand and repeat the process until there is a smooth, flat surface between and on both sides of the pipes. Repeat if doing a larger surface.

  4. 4

    Remove the pipes and fill the depressions they left with more sand during paver installation.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not walk on the sand after levelling. Begin installing brick pavers from one edge and walk on the paver side, rather than the sand side, during installation.

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