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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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Pavers in sand yard

Ive got a yard that is all sand. Like legit sand. No were not on the beach, several blocks from Lake Michigan but the yard is all sand. Question is if we were to lay pavers stones down, so we need to ...
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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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Polymeric San vs sand/cement

Is polymeric sand better than a 3:1 sand/cement mixture? I’ve used the sand/cement mixture before and had good success. Haven’t used polymeric sand before but was told it gets down into narrow gaps ...
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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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Outdoor kitchen on top of paver patio

Besides using Pressure Treated wood for the framing of the kitchen/bar/ island outside- is there anything between the pavers and the PT wood framing that needs to put down?
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How to resurface concrete patio

Our yard had a small mounded flower garden that had gone to weeds. We discovered that there was actually an old patio sitting underneath it. Someone had just dumped a lot of gravel and soil on top ...
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Repairing Brick Patio

We've moved into a home with this brick patio that has sunken over time. The 6x6's have weathered and warped as well. I'd like to make use of the existing good bricks and essentially restore the same ...
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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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What should I look for in a diamond blade?

I'm considering a 7" diamond blade for a circular saw, to be used to cut cement type pavers and short runs of concrete (driveway/sidewalk). Some blade designs are segmented/slotted, some not. Prices ...
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Blade types for dry cutting pavers, diamond or composite?

When are diamond blades worth the extra money, or required? I've been dry-scoring to 1/3rd thickness different types of pavers for a couple small 20-30sqft projects around the house, using the $2-$...
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How to reinforce brick pavers driveway edge?

My wife wants to do "dry creek" style landscaping next to our driveway, which is built with brick pavers. Right now our lawn comes right up to the edge of pavers, and there's no edging. I'm afraid ...
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Do Brock PaverBase mats make pavers hotter?

Would Brock PaverBase mats make pavers hotter because they do not allow the pavers to dissipate the heat to the sand below them? I'm wondering if these mats would be bad to use on a pool deck? http://...
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Has anyone installed pavers using a mat?

I have seen these "paver mat" products in a few places. They claim it replaces most or all of the crushed stone underneath the pavers. Has anyone installed pavers with one of these? They do claim ...
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base for patio with concrete slabs

I'm planning to build a fairly small patio at the back (2.5m x 2.5m), and instead of pavers I will place concrete slabs (60cm x 60cm x 4cm). Would it be fine to use construction waste, such as ...
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Best way to cover stair using concrete retaining wall block

I have spent 3 days creating this stair and I still don't like to look. The reason is that I have tons of those retaining wall blocks so I have to use them all to create the stair. The first try was ...
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How can I fill a small tapered gap between my pavers and a step?

The sidewalk project needs few finishing touches. I need to fill the gap between the house and the pavers to lock them before going over with vibrating plate. The gap is 1.5", but the steps at the ...
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How to install rubber paver around edges of synthetic grass area?

I have a 15x20 synthetic grass area and I want to put something "soft" around the edges for the kid. My plan is to use rubber paver: Like the 16x16 from Lowe's: http://www.lowes.com/pd/Rubberific-...
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What type of substrate should I use to install pavers over an existing poured slab patio

I'm going to be putting pavers over an old slab patio. The current patio has settled and spalled, so I'm looking to pitch the paver patio in such a way that it drains as the original slabs did. In ...
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Is it necessary to cement down parimeter pavers when laying a paver patio [duplicate]

I'm going to be installing a paver patio over an existing poured slap patio. it is surrounded on two sides by brick wall, and a third side by pressure treat wood ( the side of a house build on ...
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Is polymeric sand necessary for paver joint?

I have seen the ads and display of polymeric sand for paver joints. I am using 6x9 concrete paver with just regular paver sand. This is my first time doing this so I don't know if I will regret few ...
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What would happen if I covered my deck in pavers?

I have a deck. A very strong deck. Instead of sealing it every year, could I cover it in pavers instead? The wood is treated, and the deck is raised so it would drain. Also, the pavers would protect ...
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Are smaller or larger pavers better for covering a concrete patio?

I have a large ( 16' x 16' ) thick slab concrete patio that is pouted in 8 x 8 blocks. it has significant spalling and some settling. The concrete is 6" thick and situation in such a way that tearing ...
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What type Mortor should I use?

I am building a fire pit in my backyard. I have poured a 6 inch thick concrete foundation and want to install concrete pavers on top of the concrete base. I have been unable to find any ...
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How to make white portland cement stronger?

We are trying to make white pavers for crosswalks versus painting. In 2013 we made some that are still in fair shape, did not write down what we used as a formula. I think it was 3 to 1, one part ...
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Need Help with border for pavers, fence is too high!

I'm having to reset the pavers along the side yard of our house after putting in a french drain and sump pump. The issue I have is that after I dig out all of the dirt to allow for the 4" of gravel, 1"...
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Can I remove bluestone pavers embedded in mortar

Can I remove bluestone pavers embedded in mortar and reuse them? A house with a bluestone foyer is being demolished and I would like to salvage the pavers and reuse them in my new home.
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How to set stepping stones in steep, loose hillside

My lot is carved out of a steep hillside. Behind the house there is a very steep slope (30-45 degrees). The soil (at least for a large part of it) was entirely removed and replaced during the ...