I need to reset the pavers for this patio and I have the feeling that, by its look I have to redo the entire patio since the filler that is visible in this picture seems to have reached the end of its life cycle.

Here is a still intact area enter image description here ANd here is one of the many areas where the filler is gone enter image description here

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If your brick is level, and moves water away from your house, I wouldn't replace any of it. It takes a lot of time and expertise to get it to set just right, and probably isn't worth the trouble.

If you are really bent on making it look uniform, take a paint scraper, something simple you can get from your local hardware store like this. The pointed end is great for clearing debris between bricks and the like. Use the scraper to clean out as much of the dirt and junk from between the bricks. You can then use a standard leveling sand (which you can also get from your local hardware store), and sweep it into the cracks.

Normally, the purpose of the sand is to fill in the cracks between the bricks to keep them from moving. However, if you get a sand which is lighter in color, then it would probably match well.

  • I do have to reset the pavers, the brick is not level and it moves the water toward the house, please see my other posts in this forum.. I can't understand why what is there does not look like sand...everbody is telling me that it must be sand
    – MiniMe
    Commented Oct 25, 2014 at 1:05
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    It doesn't look like sand because it's sand plus years worth of minerals, debris, water, etc.
    – Steven
    Commented Oct 25, 2014 at 1:15
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    Could that be polymeric sand?
    – MiniMe
    Commented Oct 25, 2014 at 2:13
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    It sure looks like Polymeric Sand
    – Gunner
    Commented Oct 25, 2014 at 2:13
  • Should I use it again? I think that if that is or was polymeric sand I am going to have a hard time to reset those pavers
    – MiniMe
    Commented Oct 25, 2014 at 3:54

You should be able to pop those pavers out easily. If you are having a tough time getting them out, then you can try starting from an edge and working your way inward.

Here is another question that has a good answer: What should the ratio of crushed rock and sand for a paver patio be?

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