HOW TO LAY A BRICK PATHWAY

 

Building a brick pathway is one of the ways of improving and making your home more attractive. It’s not a hard job, it will take about two weeks to finish the job.
You can always find someone to assist you with that project or hire professionals. The first thing you need to do is to gather the tools needed for the project. This includes a level, utility, knife, wheelbarrow, a mallet, knee pads, wheelbarrow; after you have gotten the tools you need to gather the materials so that you can start your project. The materials needed include ; cobblestones, pavers, marking paint, plastic landscape edging. In this article, we will now guide you on how to go about your project.
MATERIALS
An ideal material to use in this project is old pavers. They will give your project an aged and timeless look. A good place to get this paver is from a landscape supplier or from local projects. Old pavers are not expensive, you can pay about a dollar per piece to set the bed, use ordinally sand. Also, acquire the cobblestone . to make stones look worn out they are run through a rock tumbler for the landscape edging I would recommend that for the border use as contractors grade, landscape edging
LAYOUT THE PATH
To layout, you will need some stakes, spray paint, and a hosepipe. You will lay out the path on the glass using the stakes and the spray paint. All you need to do is to define the starting point and the ending point, then all you need to do is to connect them. Your path width should be the width of the brick. Then you will add a few inches on the side. The path should be between 2 and 3 Ft. use the hosepipe to spray a straight line and connect the stakes.

DIG OUT THE PATH
Before you start digging you should tell your local utility company to locate any buried lines on your compound. You should give the company at least to search for the lines. You should always turn off the electric panel while you are digging. You should also be on the lookout for any landscape lighting, water pipes, and sprinkler heads so that you can dig around them with the shovel, dig the path about 7 inches deep. You should first dig out the entire path using the edge spade, You should have the sides back to the paint line with a vertically held edging spade. There will be so much soil coming from the path you should find a place to put it so that you can use the soil in a later project. After you are done with the edges, You should also shave the bottom.

SET THE EDGES
All you need to do now is to set the landscape edging on the vertical cut edge. When setting the edging you should hold the top of the tube above the soil and drive the spikes. The spikes should be driven every 5Ft. use a board that is the width of the desired path width and use it as a guide as you trim the second side of the excavation . The height of the top of the landscaping edging should be the same as the paths height. You should set it a little higher than the surrounding so that water cannot drain into the path.
LEVEL THE PATH
The path should now be filled with sand so that you can level at 3 inches. you should compact the sand firmly and use a level make sure that its level all throughout the path using the screed board, pull the board along the edging smooth and level all throughout . For any low spots fill and press the sand firmly using the hand tamper. Using a share utility knife you should cut off the top of the plastic edging.

SET THE PAVERS
After you have filled the path with sand and compacted it, it’s time to set the pavers.You should begin setting the pavers from the most visible end. You should set the paver into the sand by hitting it with a mallet to accommodate the uneven thickness of the cobbles, add or remove the sand in order to keep the top flat and level. Sometimes you will need to cut the pavers in order to fit the width of the path and leave some space on the edges. You should use a square in order to be able to mark the paver all around. To cut the pavers you should use a chisel and a hammer. Place the chisel on the mark and hit it using the hammer several times until the paver breaks.

ADJUST THE SPACE BETWEEN THE PAVERS
The spacing between the pavers should not be too large if the gap is larger than 2 inches adjust it so that it can be between ¼ inch and ½ inch. Don’t leave spaces between the pavers and on the edges. Fill the gaps with sand and make sure that they are compact. Laying the pavers is not an easy task, you should have someone to assist you so that the work can move faster. splitting the pavers can be a little challenging because they are very hard. be cautious while cutting them to avoid wastage. Save the pieces that you have cut off, you may need them to fill a gap, later on after it rains for the first time make sure to fill the gaps because the rain may erode some of the sand. On the edge, you can use the sand you removed from the path to making a garden or flower bed to add beauty and life to the pathway.

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