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What's the best way for me to demolish & replace this existing walkway? I don't want to damage the foundation as I approach the front door!

My concern is that I will accidentally damage the foundation of the house as I approach the front door. Can I take a jackhammer to the entire walkway, right up to the front door? What's below that ...
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Can I stain my recently-installed Hollandstone brick pavers (patio)

We just had a hollandstone brick paver patio installed. One problem: wife had sent the contractor the wrong paver color. Patio is a “River” hollandstone from unilock (mostly tans with some blue/gray). ...
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Can I cut out asphalt driveway to lay brick?

I just purchased a house and want to remove the asphalt driveway and lay down brick instead for three reasons: First, the existing driveway is very narrow in some places and I want to widen it. Second,...
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Front Porch Pavers near Threshold Level

I got a bunch of pavers a few months back thinking I would have the time to pave my porch. Now that I finally started getting the rest of the stuff together, I am realizing that they are a bit close ...
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How do I slope a retaining wall for a raised patio?

I am planning a raised paver patio for my back door. The patio will be 8' x 12' and will need to be 2' off the ground. My understanding is that a patio should have a 1/8" slope away from the ...
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Poured Concrete, blocks or something else for single detached step

Good Afternoon, I am redoing a patio at the front of our home and need some advice on how to handle a single step up to the existing front patio. Techo-Bloc calls for a pre-existing concrete step to ...
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R11 rated porcelain tiles for outdoor use

I across the idea of "Anti-Slip Tile Ratings and Grades". Has anyone had R11 rated Porcelain tiles installed outdoors? I am interested to know if they are safe to use in the UK where it ...
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Can I use bluestone as a paver base

I am looking to build a paver walkway along the side of my house. I would like to build it with an open graded base as that seems to be the preferred approach nowadays. With that said, I have been to ...
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Styrofoam/foamular under pavers

I am looking to build paver patio to put pool on it. I will be using 12ftx24ftx52 inch intex ultra pool. My hoa doesn't allow permanent above ground pools and that's why I have to remove it after ...
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Should a paver patio slope in the direction of yard grade? [closed]

I recently went with a contractor to get pavers installed. They are working on the patio and this is a photo of the installation that I took today. The contractor said that since my yard is higher on ...
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Can interlocking paving stones be installed on a warp/vertical curve?

I have a vertically warped concrete area in front of my garage entry door (badly cracked/damaged). I’d like to rip it out and replace it with interlocking pavers. I can’t find any info on if pavers ...
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Can I raise an area of pavers to reduce a step rise height? [closed]

My house has pavers in front of the steps going up. After the sidewalk, there's about a 9x7 foot area where we have pavers, and then after the paver walkway, there are stairs going up to the front ...
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Can I put a gazebo on top of an elevated paver patio?

I have a pretty tall (almost 4 ft tall) patio deck where the top is pavers. I'd like to get new outdoor furniture but I'd like to put it under a gazebo. Is it odd to put a gazebo on top of a patio ...
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Substrate for exterior paver blocks to achieve grading

I am putting some paver blocks around my shed, which is small enough not to have gutters so I would like the immediate surrounding, most of which will be covered by these blocks, to be graded away ...
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How to build a raised paver patio against the house

We recently put in a retaining wall and raised paver patio/walk around one side of the house, wrapping to the back. I'd like to have a higher level patio so that you can walk (or push a wheelchair, ...
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Prep work for Paver Patio

We have excavated for a paver patio and walkway at our home. It’s a fairly large area and we missed getting the base laid and compacted before the weather turned cold. We now have a large dirt area ...
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How to fix gaps/cracks between pavers

I had pavers installed on my patio about 8 years ago. I recently noticed that in some spots there is a visible, 1/8" crack forming between the pavers. How do I go about sealing/fixing this? I've ...
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What kind of adhesive should I use to secure a concrete paver stone step?

I have a concrete paver stone that has come loose. It is used as a ‘step’ from one area of lower paver walkway to a higher area. I’ve included a picture of the area where the stone became loose. I don’...
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Should I add sand or more crushed limestone crush to raise paver gravel base 1/4"?

I am building a 14' by 20' concrete paver patio. I have used a 17" retaining wall to raise the left side to be level with the right side. I have mechanically compacted approx. 8" of 3/4&...
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How to do a small paver repair after sprinkler installation?

I had some guys come in and install a sprinkler system. We had to remove 6 pavers to put the pipe underneath, chipping away at some of the concrete under the sand. They wanted quite a bit to put those ...
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Fix a bump in paver step

Our house has a paver patio done by a poor contractor (according to the previous homeowner). The patio is right next to the house foundation. Thanks to the rainy summer, we got a pretty big bump in ...
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Brick pavers with 25 - 35mm gaps - Any Issue?

Our landscaper has just finished laying about 35sqm of brick pavers. On inspection I noticed the majority are spaced with about a 20mm gap with some gaps as high as 35mm. Our driveway (which the ...
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How can I make the surface of marble rough without using chemicals?

How can I make the polished side of marble not slippery? I don't want to use chemicals to do this because these pieces of marble will be used as stepping stones in gardens. WHAT I'VE ALREADY TRIED: ...
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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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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? [closed]

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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