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How to Install Sand-Set Interlocking Pavers

How to install sand-set, interlocking pavers for driveways, patios, pool decks and all hardscape and landscape projects.

Paver Installation Steps

  1. Paint future deck on grass/area.
  2. Remove grass, including an additional 1 ft. around perimeter.
  3. Remove enough soil to allow for compacted aggregate base, about 1" of coarse sand and the thickness of the paver. Don't forget to pitch the deck. Continue the excavation at least 6" past the end of the deck. Some people mix cement into the existing soil to make a base in lieu of compacted aggregate.
    How to install pavers video on deck compaction.Watch a how-to video on compacting the deck for paver installation.
  4. Distribute the aggregate and compact the area using a gas powered plate compactor.
  5. Use a line level from the coping to the outside of the deck. Allow for at least 1/8" per foot pitch.
    How to install pavers video on deck leveling.Watch a how-to video on leveling the deck for paver installation.
  6. Shovel the screenings between two parallel pipes and screed with a 2x4 to make a smooth base.
    How to install pavers video on screeding.Watch a how-to video on screeding.
  7. Then install the pavers by placing them next to each other. Do not allow sand between pavers, and make sure you keep the pattern straight.
    How to install pavers video placing pavers and creating patterns.Watch a how-to video paver placement.
  8. Cut the outside and the pool's perimeter.
    How to install pavers cutting the edge of the swimming pool.Watch a how-to video on cutting outside the pool perimeter.
  9. Compact pavers into place. When using a compactor, use a piece of carpet or fine sand to protect the surface of the paver.
    How to install pavers video on paver compaction.Watch a how-to video on compacting pavers into place.
  10. Install a cement restraint or mud border onto footer.
    How to install pavers video on locking the border of the deck.Watch a how-to video on locking paver installation with cement or mud border.
  11. Sweep fine sand into spaces. Do not leave play sand too high.
    How to install pavers finishing sweeping.Watch a how-to video on sweeping fine sand after paver installation.
  12. Test a small unobtrusive area first to ensure results are acceptable. Always wet the deck before applying any cleaning solution and make sure to follow all instructions from chemical supplier. For lighter colors, wash the deck with a mild mixture of 5 to 20 parts of water and one part of muriatic acid. Avoid using muriatic acid on dark colored products as it might alter the color. With dark colored pavers, choose a cleaner that does not contain muriatic or phosphoric acid for better results.
    How to acid wash a paver deck.Watch a how-to video on acid washing the deck after installation.

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