Installing a Brick Paver Walkway or Red Clay Bricks

Making use of Setting up a Brick Paver Walkway or Brick Hammer or Pavers to create a sidewalk or patio area complements a home in a manner in which is unequaled. It adds a level of quality and elegance to a home entryway that can not be achieved with either concrete or asphalt. Brick and Pavers also are available in various colors and shapes enabling special color design and patterns to be attained. In addition, setting up a Brick or Paver sidewalk does not necessarily need a pro. With some standard understanding and a reasonably simple pathway plan, a property owner is capable of undertaking such a project.

The secret to setting up a Brick or Paver Walkway is to first correctly prepare the location where the bricks/pavers are to be set up. The area ought to be dug out at least a foot down, removing all topsoil and clay soil. In addition, string lines should be strung on each side of the sidewalk. The string lines indicate the completed height of the pathway.
When the area has actually been dug down, 3/4" gravel stone ought to be laid in and tamped down securely. 2" of sand, or stone dust must be spread over the gravel. Once again the sand/stone dust need to be tamped down. Stone dust is preferred. The height between the tamped down sand and the stringline ought to equate to the density of the brick or paver.

Now that you have a steady base, position a 1" pipe or journal board the length of the sidewalk on either side of the pathway. Using a flatedge, e.g. a 2"x4" board, slide it over the two lengths of the pipe/ledger board. In doing this you will produce a level area to lay the bricks/pavers.

Now put on the level sand/stone dust strips of plastic brick borders. Install an operate on both sides of the prepared location. These strips will function as your sidewalk border and help to maintain the stability and shape of the pathway. You can get these plastic strip borders at a lot of home enhancement shops. The strips should be anchored down with 12" galvinized nails. You must sink these nails into the ground and through the strips every foot.

The secret to laying the bricks/pavers is to make sure that they interlock with each other. Constantly stagger adjacent rows of bricks by 1/2 of a brick to interlock them. This will again assist keep the integrity of the pathway.

Inevitably bricks/pavers will require to be cut or split when constructing the walkway. Unless you wish to purchase or rent a costly wetsaw, I would suggest acquiring an easy brick/paver splitter. It is basically a sculpt with a large end that is the width of the bricks/pavers. To actually cut/split the brick/paver, lay it in a bed of sand and location the sculpt at a 75 degree angle over the area where you wish to break the brick. Then using a hammer strike the butt end of the sculpt strongly. You may need to do this a number of times. You may also wish to flip the brick/paver over and strike the other side of the brick using the hammer and chisle. Within one or 2 strikes the brick/paver need to break cleanly. If your pathway has curves you will require to buy/rent a wetsaw.

After setting up the bricks, develop the outside edges with extra sand, and after that shovel in the topsoil and load down strongly.
Spread stone dust over the new pathway and sweep into the fractures. Repeat this process a number of times to guarantee the fractures are totally filled. This will finish the interlocking of the bricks and assist to eliminate any weed growth. Just add grass seed to the outdoors edges and you must have a gorgeous entrance to your home within a number of weeks.


In addition, installing a Brick or Paver sidewalk does not always require a pro. The secret to installing a Brick or Paver Walkway is to first properly prepare the area where the bricks/pavers are to be set up. Now that you have a steady base, position a 1" pipe or ledger board the length of the pathway on either side of the walkway. These strips will act as your pathway border and aid to keep the stability and shape of the pathway. Inevitably bricks/pavers will need to be cut or split here when constructing the pathway.

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