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How can I lift a sunken paver in the middle of my driveway / patio / walkway / sidewalk?

I've done it two ways. Take a coat hanger and bend a 1" 90 degree at the end of a straightened out hanger. Insert the bent edge down into the seem and twist the hanger so the 1" piece turns ...
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How can I lift a sunken paver in the middle of my driveway / patio / walkway / sidewalk?

I've recently seen a video but can't find the link. Consider a Flexible Joint Knife, or the equivalent in a fairly wide spatula. Get a pair of them, to enable uniform lifting. Slice from each edge of ...
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How can I lift a sunken paver in the middle of my driveway / patio / walkway / sidewalk?

Try using a pressure washer and a wet/dry vac to erode the sand and debris in the gap between the pavers. That'll hopefully get you to a place where at least the paver block can wobble freely, which ...
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How can I lift a sunken paver in the middle of my driveway / patio / walkway / sidewalk?

Just to add to the various hints, and complete the picture of available techniques, professionals who do this a lot would use a vacuum slab lifter, something like this: Source: Express Tools However ...
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Can structural bricks be used as pavers for a patio?

For brick driveways the most important part is a solid compacted base--crushed quarry rock or shale, not crushed river rock. Sand is normally used, not mortar. For a “green” drive, place the holes ...
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How do I make pavers stop shifting when I walk on them?

Sounds like you need a firmer subbase under your sand to spread the load across a wider area. I would follow the same procedure as for laying a wider area such as a patio. It seems like a lot of ...
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Paver installation - excavation limitation

I have run into this many times usually with light duty drainage pipe for the gutters . I really like a solid base I use more rock and less sand but 6” for a patio is good. I would expose a little of ...
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Can structural bricks be used as pavers for a patio?

I am going to say they can... but no. There are tons of varieties of bricks that are used for pavers. There is no reason to go with your garden variety house brick. To be clear the OP is ...
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What sand do I use to re-secure pavers?

Polymeric sand is a fine sand that is combined with additives that form a binding agent when exposed to water. Silica is such as an additive and is often used to help lock the fine sand particles ...
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Should a paver patio slope in the direction of yard grade?

You can slope pavers, yes, to avoid water settling, especially if you have drainage issues at the site. And sloping is not level, so it will be different from your house, which is level. Looks good to ...
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Can I use pavers as a cheap solution to stop rain water erosion?

The pavers will definitely take care of the moat and deflect the rain water. However, you will still get some rain from the roof hitting the pavers and splashing against your wall. Don't forget about ...
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How can I lift a sunken paver in the middle of my driveway / patio / walkway / sidewalk?

What works for me is using two pruning saws. Place one in the gap on each side of the paver, then twist each one so the teeth grab the paver. Then lift. Easy.
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Is polymeric sand necessary for paver joint?

I live in the Pacific Northwest also. I have done several paver walks, I have used regular sand and polymeric sand. What I have found is a good even base is the most important part of the job. Regular ...
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Can structural bricks be used as pavers for a patio?

I assisted with a project like this. Pavers usually have a chamfered edge which is a little easier on bare feet than the sharper corners and edges of bricks but they worked fine. The sand is a really ...
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What sand do I use to re-secure pavers?

There are also paving sands with weed killer mixed in. Once example is "Dansand" from this vendor: Dansand Manufacturer Site I believe there are other similar products on the market that ...
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What critter (insect?) removes sand from between paving bricks?

Sidewalk ants are a thing. They are very tiny. But there are also many species of wasp that do this, and are difficult to spot since they spend time either underground or in flight.
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Can I use pavers as a cheap solution to stop rain water erosion?

I did this years ago along one side of my home and it's worked well. The area between the pavers and the house you'll want to turn into a little flower bed or mulch it over as trying to mow it can be ...
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Paver installation - excavation limitation

Use 100% sand to embed and backfill the pipe; 1/4" gravel fines at the largest. Anything larger can point load the pipe and will lead to subsidence when the material migrates. Material that would ...
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Joints between paving stones - A breeding ground for weeds. Sustainable control?

From the picture you already have your patio installed. To implement the polymetric sand solution or the mortar solution requires that you Pull up the pavers Clean out the sand/dirt between the ...
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Are paving bricks differently sized for sand bedding vs mortar bedding?

You can use the smaller brick with no stability problems. The only issue you will have is if you chose a "basket weave" pattern when the brick are laid tight. The width of 2 bricks will not add up to ...
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Are paving bricks differently sized for sand bedding vs mortar bedding?

A shorter height makes them more resistant to rotating, but the narrower width makes them more prone. Consider a log on a pond: It's round. Rotates easily. Plank doesn't. More plank like, more ...
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Paver installation - excavation limitation

Some native soils are really lousy foundation material. They might expand when they get wet; they might heave upward when they freeze, and the list goes on. If a soil movement event happens directly ...
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Should I avoid working on my newly installed patio stones?

If you're careful it won't matter too much if you do the patio first. What you do first depends a lot on how close the fence line is to the patio. Digging post holes and pouring concrete can make a ...
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How much sturdier are through mix pavers vs face mix?

A quick search reveals that face-mix pavers have a concentrated wear/color/texture layer on top. I don't see any indication that this substantially affects strength. If you install a proper base, ...
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Sewer backflow pipe in middle of paver patio

Assuming it is a sewer clean out (which we suspect)- first off you cannot turn it into a drain. There is no P-trap to block the sewer odors from coming straight out from there (and destroying any ...
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How to do a small paver repair after sprinkler installation?

concrete will be more stable, you'll only need one or two bags of concrete. but really it is optional. do I need to level that away from the house It needs to be match the other pavers well level ...
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What should I look for in a diamond blade?

IMHO the main one that matters is "dry .vs. wet or wet/dry" - since you are using it in a normal saw which is not set up for coolant, you'll need a dry or wet/dry type blade. While I have known people ...
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Masonry Repair - Paver Steps Loose

Scrape as much of that dried glue off as you can, then use thinset mortar applied with a 1/2" notched trowel.
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Permeable pavers for patio?

I'm in Minnesota (-30F to +95F), and plenty of folks here have paver patios. I have one, and I'm currently building a Z-brick walkway around my garage (they're overkill, but I got a mountain of them ...
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