How are paving stones laid?

If you want to pave a garden path, the driveway to the carport or your house entrance, your work on this construction project starts with a luxury problem. The construction trade offers a comprehensive selection of concrete, natural stone and clinker paving and you have to decide on the material and possible patterns.
To lay paving stones, you need shovels, spades or, for large areas, a mini excavator. When laying, the ruler, chalk line, spirit level and aluminum extraction strips are required. You will also need a vibrating plate, a rubber hammer, a paving hammer and possibly cutting tools such as an angle grinder with carbide blade. Their auxiliary material refers to weed fleece, coarse gravel and grit of different grain sizes.

Step 1: Planning

Lay your pavement on a sheet of paper. Paths and access roads do not always have to be straightforward. Curved lines are more attractive. Depending on the choice of material, add patterns and contours to the paving area. You can make the same material to patterns, but also, for example, incorporate a rondel of coarse gravel. Let your imagination run wild.

Step 2: the preliminary work

Hatch your future path 40cm deep. Store the topsoil separately from the remaining excavated soil. Then compact a coarse gravel layer with the vibrating plate. Then follows a weed fleece and over it again coarse gravel, which you also compact. Finishing is finely split or crushed sand, which you apply with about 2 percent lateral slope.
You can make this work easier by inserting aluminum guideways in the fine gravel and aligning them with the spirit level plus slope. Between these strips, you can remove the chippings evenly. Make only as much grit bed as you need in one day.

Step 3: laying the paving

Start in a corner with the pavement laying. Test the correct position of any curbs and patterns. Then you can insert the paving stones quickly into the grit bed. For the time being, stones that need to be cut will be saved. The later cutting of all stones saves time.

Step 4: the joint closure

Now sweep with a coarse broom fine splinter into the joints. Work crosswise until all joints are closed.
Then, after a thorough cleaning, the final, even attachment with the vibrating plate takes place. For sensitive paving stones, you can underlay a weed fleece.
How to achieve an attractive and permanent pavement path.

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