How to Replace Paving Stones

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How to Replace Paving Stones
It is easy to replace paving stones that have become cracked or sunken in. (pavers image by Pix by Marti from

Don't let a cracked or sunken paving stone cause anyone to trip and fall on your outdoor patio. Replacing paving stones is fairly simple to do and requires little more than basic tools and replacement pavers and sand. This simple do-it-yourself project can be completed in less than an hour per paver, so get to it and regain that beautiful patio you once had.

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Things you need

  • Hammer and chisel (or screw driver)
  • Coarsely grained sand
  • Replacement pavers
  • Broom

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  1. 1

    Remove the paving stones you want to replace using a chisel or screw driver and hammer to break the stone into small pieces in several areas. Then use the end of the chisel or screw driver to dig the paver pieces out, removing completely.

  2. 2

    Replace the sand bedding. The Paver Search website says that the sand bedding must be replaced to the same level as the other areas using coarsely grained sand.

  3. 3

    Replace the paving stone using a brand new paver. Place it in the hole and then tap it gently with a rubber mallet into the sand bedding.

  4. 4

    Check the level of the pavers each time you replace one by using a spirit level. If the paver is not level, you may need to tap it again.

  5. 5

    Fill the joints between the replaced paving stones. Sweep sand over the area and then spray down the area with water, repeating this step until the joints have been completely filled.

Tips and warnings

  • If the previous sand bedding was packed down, it would be wise to do so under the replaced paving stone. Pack the sand bedding down by laying down a piece of wood and then hitting it repeatedly with a mallet. Refill and pack as necessary.

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