How to Build a Paver Patio – Part 3 of 3: Installation


How to Build a Paver Patio – Part 3 of 3: Installation


This is Part 3 of 3 for:   How to Build a Paver Patio


For the beginning of this project, please either refer to my post:

How to Build a Paver Patio – Part 1 of 3:  Planning

or my post:

How to Build a Paver Patio – Part 2 of 3:  Construction


Step 11 – 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 bricks within your patio area if you make an error, which will disturb your sand base.

Carefully begin at an outer corner of your patio, gently laying each brick flatly in place, and tightly against all adjoining bricks. Be very careful NOT to disturb the level sand underneath, or you will need to remove the brick, relevel, and reinstall the brick.

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. 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 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 12 – 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 close to the installation area in the patio, 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. 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 first 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 the proposed cut mark on the paver.

Back the paver up about an inch or two 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, 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. 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 13 – 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.


Step 14 – 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 sand, you will eliminate the need for constant weeding in these joint areas.


Stand Back and Admire Your Handiwork! Nice Job!


Place Your Patio Furniture, Grill, and All Other Accessories in Their Proper Places on Your New Patio.

Relax and Enjoy!


Please take the time to leave a Comment, letting me know how your project went.



CJ Dodaro

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