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Is 3/4" limestone without fines sufficiently compactible for this patio base?

I plan on laying a patio, and I would like it to be permeable. After some book and internet research, I think I have a plan that will work, but I would like to have someone with more experience ...
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Future Erosion Problem? Paver Patio

QUESTION: Is this paver patio a future erosion issue? Was this done properly? DETAILS: Paver patio is elevated on 6"+ of base material at farthest point from the house. Paver edges are secured ...
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Downspouts - Under Paver Walkway

Live in Midwest and currently have a service walk - concrete next to house/garage that I would like to remove and replace with a paver walkway. Main question relates to the 2 down spouts that are ...
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Sewer backflow pipe in middle of paver patio

I'm installing a paver patio in my backyard and have a sewer backflow pipe in the middle of the area where the patio is going. What options do I have for lowering or covering the pipe so that it is ...
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Pebbles and paver installation for side walk

I am trying to improve my side-walk which basically goes to my backyard. Its roughly 30ft length by 4ft width. I want to install pebbles and pavers in the middle to make it look clean. I have no ...
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How to remove EZ Sand that is sticking to pavers?

We hired an inexperienced guy to do the pavers and he poured EZ Sand in pavers joints but didn’t do a good job of cleaning the residue that is on pavers surface. How to fix this? Google says, do a ...
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How much gravel do I need for a paver stone path?

I want to build a simple path from my driveway to my back yard using individual 24" x 24" pavers. They weigh close to 100lbs each. There is a slight slope, just under 1 inch for each paver....
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How to prepare a rough concrete slab for pavers

I tore my old wood deck out and am planning to lay pavers on top of the concrete slab that was beneath it. I'm following the instructions here, photo below: The inner paver bricks will have a layer ...
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Pavers mortared to cement - how to grout joints

In my front yard I have a curved walkway made out of cement. The cement walkway is about 45 inches wide and sits on top of some compacted dirt. This past weekend I used some exterior thinset mortar (...
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How to fix wobble in outdoor pavers

I have an outdoor area covered in pavers. The pavers are 2ft by 2ft. Under them is Brock PaverBase and under those is sand. The surface under the sand is as level as can be. There is some wobble in ...
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What sand do I use to re-secure pavers?

I have been told that there is special "sand" to re-secure pavers that is weed resistant. Is it something different from the normal paver sand (to secure patios) you can buy at the Home ...
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Can I put crushed stone on top of sand base for brick patio?

I have a brick patio that is not level and filled with weeds. There are areas where it slopes down and the back up. I live in Maryland so it can get really hot and cold but I have not seen other areas ...
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Paver Patio with Backfill Settlement Around Block Foundation

Main Question: I've been told that a concrete skirt (8" sloped pad) below the frost line and attached to the foundation via rebar is a good solution for putting pavers next to a block wall ...
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Can landscape adhesive be used for a masonry fire pit?

I'm building a fire pit...Just like in this video. At 1:40 he is using an adhesive (looks like versa-lok concrete adhesive). I didn't think it was needed, but I like the idea. I thought video would ...
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Best practice to build a pergola type structure

Having patio pavers laid, I want to build a pergola like structure for my home in the Northeast. Something like this: Questions about best practice: Should I use tubular forms outside the patio? ...
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Grading a Patio in a Corner

This is a follow-up question to this post: How would you grade this patio? What if instead of running a 1/32" per foot along the red lines (East to West) for the full run, I leveled off after 10 ...
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How can I lift a sunken paver in the middle of my driveway / patio / walkway / sidewalk?

I have a couple pavers that have sunk in my driveway. If this was close to the edge, I’d take up a few, re-level and replace. But this is in the middle of a large expanse of pavers. How can I pull up ...
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Advice on soldier course and first course of laying pavers in I-Pattern

I'm about to start laying my pavers. I am going to use the I pattern. I have three pallets of pavers, of 6x6 and 6x9 blocks. 25:75 ratio. I'm not sure how to start the "soldier course" that'...
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How much sturdier are through mix pavers vs face mix?

I’m adding pavers to a section in the backyard ~320 sqft worth around concrete surrounding a pool. I found face mix pavers but am hearing that I should use through mix pavers. I’m not seeing much ...
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Resetting stones on a sinking patio

My patio covered with slate has sunk a little, as indicated by the bowed line on the left. The patio is up on the level indicated by the arrow in the image on the right. My question is: if I were to ...
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Fence posts through patio stones

Is it a bad idea to put a fence post "through" patio stones? We're building a patio and then enclosing 2 sides of it with a privacy wall. I want to make the patio larger than the enclosed area so ...
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Can pavers set with polymeric jointing sand be powerwashed?

I recently started the process of cleaning my paver patio because the paver was absolutely covered in moss and weeds. I've been using a pressure washer and blowing out the material alongside cleaning ...
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Anchoring Aluminum Pergola To Paver Patio

I'd like to install an aluminum 16 x 12 pergola on my existing paver patio and I'm wondering the best way to anchor it. It comes with brackets to bolt the posts into concrete, with the bolt holes in ...
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Should I avoid working on my newly installed patio stones?

I am going to install a brick patio using basic patio stones, and then I'm going to build a fence around it. Which should I do first? More details The fence will be wooden with 4x4 posts every 6' ...
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Paver installation - excavation limitation

I am trying to install a paver patio in my backyard but have run into some excavation issues. Everything I have read says to dig deep enough to allow for 6" of base material under the paver surface (...
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Can structural bricks be used as pavers for a patio?

I've seen a few Q & A'a on here concerning using structural bricks but there really hasn't been a clear consensus. I am planning on putting them on their side and not using any sand or mortar for ...
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Can pavers be laid over deep sand?

I've got a yard that is all sand. Like legit sand. No we're not on the beach, we're several blocks from Lake Michigan but the yard is all sand. My question is: if we were to lay pavers stones down, so ...
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Can I use dense foam board instead of paver base for laying patio pavers?

I was told blue dense styrofoam that they use for housing walls would work the same as the expensive EZ Base. Thoughts?
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Can I use pavers as a cheap solution to stop rain water erosion?

After over a decade of rain water running down from the roof, I have a small 'moat' around the house, where the water has eroded away the grass and sand (this is Florida, soil is sandy) - see Picture ...
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Do these plastic molds exist?

I want to make a few concrete pavers, so I started looking for a few tutorials, and found this youtube video. In the tutorial, he uses a plastic mold where he pours the concrete. Something like this: ...
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How do I secure "hanging" front facing pavers?

I have a stone walkway and steps up to my front door, and the front facing pavers/stones on the top step have come loose yet again. When I put them back up, in order to have them flush at the top of ...
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Flagstone joint filler options

What should I use to fill these flagstones joints? Joint size is between 1-4". Is mortar my best option? Will polymeric sand work with these huge gaps?
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Polymeric sand issue

I dropped Goo gone on pavers. My husband had put the poly sand between pavers only 7 hours earlier. I thought they were dry and scrubbed the pavers that I stained then hosed the are off, washing out ...
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What critter (insect?) removes sand from between paving bricks?

Something is excavating sand/mortar from between paving bricks, as seen here. I thought it was ants, but I've placed ant traps and bait and there seems to be no effect. Also, when the mounds are ...
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Clay and Gravel Liquefaction for Paver Installation

I have recently started digging and laying the base for a patio with pavers. Its roughly 300 sqft and the soil is made of clay. I dug around 7" deep to have 4" gravel layer, 1" sand an 2" for the ...
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Are paving bricks differently sized for sand bedding vs mortar bedding?

I had been planning to lay standard clay pavers over a sand bed in my front walk. I had planned for a standard size of 4 x 8 and maybe 2 3/4 inches tall. However, the brick that I like comes in this ...
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Masonry bricks acceptable as pavers?

Working on a plan for installing pavers for a small patio and drive way (sand over compacted gravel). Found local source for really cheap masonry bricks (bricks with voids). What issues would I run ...
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Joints between paving stones - A breeding ground for weeds. Sustainable control?

I'm looking for a solution to control weed growth on a patio out of paving stone. The weeds are growing the the joints between the stones as can be seen in the picture. Two methods have been proposed:...
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What type of sand is under my flagstone pavers?

I also have this question: Replacing pavers with grass, what do I do with the sand? See attached photos, the brick like piece in the second photo near the shovel tip can be crumbled (with effort) in ...
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Polymeric sand loosens when slightly wet, is that normal, and what's the best way to cover it?

I laid polymeric sand on a patio (made of paver blocks), and it looked great. I followed the instructions, and it didn't rain within about a week of my laying it. It ended up perfect, and it's hard ...
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Leave Polymeric Sand Until Tomorrow?

I was told I only needed 2 bags of polymeric sand for my project. It's turning out I need more. I used the two bags and my project is not complete, I haven't shaken it down yet, and I can't buy more ...
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Proper way to install pavers that will be under an outdoor shower?

What is the proper way to install pavers that will be under an outdoor shower with a drain? My situation: I just bought a house that has a wonderful outdoor shower on the side of the paver patio. 6 ...
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How do I make pavers stop shifting when I walk on them?

Disclaimer: I have no clue what I'm doing Over the weekend, I replaced our mulch bed with some rock and a small paver path to our yard: I laid a thin layer of paver sand under the path, and scrubbed ...
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I want to mix old latex paint with ready concrete mix or cat litter to make pavers. [closed]

I want to mix latex paint with ready mix concrete or cat litter to make pavers. Trying to find a way of using approx 200 gallons of old paint since I can't dispose it. Also trying to come up with ...
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How can I stop foot-prints showing in Vitrified paving?

We've had some vitrified paving laid at the front of the house. We're noticing that footprints are very visible (if someone comes to the door, we can see the exact route they took). Is there a way ...
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Cement board as paver base?

I'm planning a DIY patio paver project. The site is down a steep hillside only accessible via steps, where bringing in large amounts of base rock would be back breaking work. I found this product ...
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Masonry Repair - Paver Steps Loose

I have some steps on my front walkway that have come loose (marked with blue tape in the pictures). I've tried fixing these with liquid nails and with epoxy. But I can't get them to stay. I've kept ...
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Permeable pavers for patio?

Currently we have a traditional deck off of the kitchen that needs the boards replaced. Rather than switching to composite decking, I was thinking of pulling the deck and putting in permeable pavers (...
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Deck or Patio - Landscape Design Opinions

My house has a nice backyard and I want to put on a deck or patio. Currently I have a covered side porch that is about 2-3 feet off of ground level in the back. My debate is whether to ask for a ...
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Fire Pit on Pavers?

I have a paver patio with a natural gas fire pit made of stone. The bottom of the fire pit is pavers. The burner ring will sit approximately 6" from the pavers, maybe a little more. The pavers were ...
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