Installing paver blocks to create a walkway or patio can is not challenging, but labor intensive.  If you are good at math and have an eye for detail, then you can build your own paver project with a little bit of help.  Professional hardscape installers know how to efficiently build paver works of art.  I will share with you the basics of installing paver blocks.  As I have described in my previous posts, base installation is key.  Before base can be installed, you must first excavate the sight.  Prior to doing any digging you need to mark out your project.  A good way to do this is with marking paint.  Marking paint will help you visualize your project before you start.  It will also help you with leveling and adjusting the grade of your project.

Installing Paver Blocks

Before you start installing paver blocks.

  • You first need to determine where the low points and the high points of your project are.  You will also need to determine where you want the water on your project to flow.  If your points are not where you want them, you will need to either excavate an area (to lower your point) or add material (to raise your point).  A lazer transit level will help determine your drop.  If you do not own one, you can rent on at most any tool rental shop.  Even if you want a “level” patio, you will most likely want some slope so that the water drains off of your patio.
  • Setting your base is extremely important as well when installing paver blocks.  If your base is not deep enough or compact enough, your blocks will settle.  Settling will lead to a unlevel surface which may cause trip hazards or pooling of water.  Always take the time to properly install your base so that your patio lasts for many years.

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