Backyard Patio Ideas
Part 3 of 3: Installation
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Step 12 – Install Your Pavers
It is time to put on your Knee Pads or get your Foam Pad ready. Beginning with the perimeter, install all of your Pavers according to the pattern you have chosen.
- If you are installing a different colored Paver in a pattern within your Patio, or are doing a complicated pattern, you should put together a test section on a Tarp, near your Patio, so that you can refer to it as you begin your installation. This will prevent you from having to remove Pavers within your Patio area if you make an error, which will disturb your Sand Base.
- Carefully begin at a corner of your Patio near your Home, gently laying each brick flatly in place, and tightly against all adjoining Pavers. Be very careful not to disturb the level Sand underneath, or you will need to remove the Paver, relevel, and reinstall the Paver.
- If you are installing a border of a different color or pattern other than your main Patio color or pattern, continue installing the complete border first. Otherwise, you can just continue installing your Pavers from left to right and down. If you are doing a curved border, you should try to make the curves as gentle as possible.
- With gentle curves, you can equally space your Pavers on the end relative to the type of curve. For inside curves, you will space the inside end of your Pavers. For outside curves, you will space the outside end of your Paver. You should not have more than a 1/4″ gap between Pavers.
- If your curves are too tight, and the gap is more than that, you should shave your Pavers to fit using your Wet Saw. You should split the amount that you will shave between the two adjoining sides of your two adjoining Pavers.
- Once your border has been completed, and beginning in a corner nearest your Home, install the remaining Pavers according to your Design, consulting your test section as often as is necessary to insure that you are installing your pattern correctly. Once you have installed Pavers for as far as you can comfortably reach, you will need to gently kneel on the installed Pavers in order to set the next batch.
- Be careful not to kneel near the edge of the Pavers that face the open area where no Pavers have yet been installed, so that you do not tip them. Also, be aware of any pressure that you may cause with your toes.
- Continue the process until all full Pavers have been installed.
Step 13 – Cut Any Pavers Necessary
Using your Yellow Wax Crayon, mark each Paver that needs to be cut and make the cuts using your Wet Saw. Install each cut Paver before marking and cutting the next one. Continue the process until all Pavers have been cut and installed.
- Set the first Paver that needs to be cut as close to the installation area in the Patio as possible, and mark both sides of the end that need to be cut with your Yellow Waxed Crayon. Be precise. Then, connect the marks using a straight edge and your Crayon.
- After your first Paver has been marked, set up your Wet Saw, fill the reservoir with water to the proper level, and make sure that your blade is tight and in good shape.
Tip: Put on your safety glasses.
- With the Wet Saw in the OFF position, set the Paver to be cut on to the Saw Table, aligning your mark with the blade, and gently slide the Paver toward the blade, making sure that your mark lines up with the edge of the blade. Using your 12” T-square, set the blade of your square against the side of the Saw blade, and extend it to completely line up with the entire proposed cut mark on the Paver.
- Remove your T-square. Back the Paver up about 1″ – 2″ away from the blade. Turn the saw ON, make sure that your water is being properly distributed to the blade, and let the blade come up to full speed. While firmly holding the Paver down against the Table, and watching that your fingers are far enough away from the blade, gently push the Table that the Paver is resting on, slowly into the blade. Make the entire cut, and turn the Saw OFF.
- Once the blade stops completely, return the Table back to the starting position, and remove the Paver and the scrap piece from the cut. Discard the scrap. Attempt to install the Paver. If it is too tight, you may need to repeat the process in order to shave off any additional excess that needs to be removed.
- Cut and install one Paver at a time tightly before marking and cutting the next one. Repeat the process until all Pavers have been properly cut and installed.
Step 14 – Pound the Pavers With a Rubber Mallet to Set Them
Beginning at one corner of the Patio, begin pounding each of the Pavers down with your Rubber Mallet in order to firmly seat them into the Sand. Continue the process until all Pavers have been pounded level.
- Hit each Paver squarely in the center first, then a little lighter on each end, while pushing down on the opposite end with your hand in order to prevent the Paver from rocking. Repeat this process for the entire Patio, making sure that all Pavers are even. You can occasionally check to make sure that they are even with either your 4’ Level or your Screed Board. Adjust as needed.
Step 15 – Install Your Polymeric Joint Sand
Cut a corner of your bag of Polymeric Joint Sand about 2” – 3” across at an angle. Pour the Sand into all of the Paver Joints, brushing it in until all Joints are completely filled. Sweep off all excess Sand, then lightly mist all of the Joints to activate the Sealer. After allowing the Polymeric Sand to setup for 24 hours, hose off the entire Patio.
- By filling in all of your Joints with the Polymeric Joint Sand, you will eliminate the need for constant weeding in your Joint areas.
Nice Job! Stand Back and Admire Your Handiwork!
Place your Patio Furniture, Grill, and all other Accessories in their proper places on your New Patio.
Relax and Enjoy!
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