Tools Needed to Lay Pavers
Pavers provide an excellent way to upgrade a driveway, patio, pool deck, or walkway.
Available in a variety of attractive styles, colors and textures, pavers are easy to maintain and are stain-resistant. For installation, we recommend hiring an Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute-certified contractor who can guarantee satisfaction and a warranty on the pavers. If you’re looking to lay the pavers yourself, be sure to use all the right equipment to get the best results.
Measuring the project area
Don’t try to “eyeball” your measurements. Instead, grab a tape measure and take an accurate measurement of the length and width of the entire project area. Double-check your measurements before ordering your materials. Order extra materials to provide yourself with some leeway during installation. You always want to plan ahead for mistakes or possible damage to your materials.
Excavating existing hardscapes
To demolish existing hardscape surfaces, such as asphalt, gravel, cement or concrete, you should use a Bobcat. A sledgehammer can also assist you in quickly and effectively breaking down concrete and digging into dirt without putting too much strain on your body.
You’ll need a dump truck to haul debris and other waste to a waste company once you’re done. Use a wheelbarrow to assist in the transfer of dirt, debris and other items. If you are installing the pavers in a backyard, you can also use this to transfer the heavy pavers to that area.
While there are a number of tools that can assist you in laying your subbase, we recommend sticking to the trusty shovel. The shovel is easy to use, and most DIYers agree its simple construction is more conducive to hauling materials such as polymeric sand than most other tools in your home garage.
Once you lay your subbase, which should be compacted using a professional-grade compactor to eliminate air gaps in the soil, grab your trusty shovel again and use it to spread an even layer of sand over the subbase. Complete the process by using a construction level to level out the sand in preparation for your paving stones. If you plan to install a wall or gate once your pavers project is complete, you’ll want to keep your construction level on hand.
Once the area is dry, lay your pavers one at a time. To help in properly aligning the pavers, grab a couple pieces of string and use them as markers. One of the best tricks for quickly removing excess polymeric sand is blasting it away with a leaf blower.
Cleaning the area
There are a number of tools you can use to keep your environment cleaner throughout the installation process. For example, a pressure washer allows you to clean your pavers using carefully directed spray. A wet saw allows you to cut your pavers without the accumulation of bothersome dust. Both tools make for a safe, cleaner environment while you work.
Building up the surrounding space
Your pavers project doesn’t need to end once your pavers have been installed. Using a drill, you can quickly and safely install a surrounding gate or wall. A drill will also come in handy when running wires for any lights added.
Once your pavers project is complete, you can accessorize with outdoor patio furniture or flowers to add a boost of color and comfort. Not the Do-it-Yourself type? Contact us at 855-9PAVERS and we can assist you with your pavers installation project and a free estimate.
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