How to make a level ground for a brick walkway.

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How to make a level ground for a brick walkway.

Ok, so I currently have a concrete walk way from my driveway to my deck. My goal is to rip up the concrete and put in a brick. What is the best way to make a level base? Thanks!
 
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You will want to have a 6" compacted base material before you even think of setting one brick. This should be done by digging out the base out and then compacting it in 2" lifts with a compactor.

After that you will put a 1" layer of sand down and screed it smooth and level using pipes. When you remove the pipes just fill in the voids with sand.

Now you can lay your bricks on the sand. After the bricks are all set, you will go over it again with the compactor to set the bricks in the sand. Last sweep some fine sand or polymeric sand over the bricks to lock them in place.

This of course it kind of an overview.

Not exactly the same, but the process is: Build a Stone Patio or Brick Patio - Step by Step: The Family Handyman
 
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Using a tight stringline is important if you don't want your walkway to look like a roller coaster. Set the pavers to align with the stretched line, tied to rebar stakes driven into the ground at the ends. If the walkway is curved, use intermediate rebar stakes to approximate the curve, looping the line around the outside of each stake before final tensioning. Wear gloves, because you want the line to be tight enough to cut skin (no sags). Nylon mason's line works best, because it stretches as you tension it. A simple loop overlap is all that's needed at the tightening end stake to hold it tight--no knots required.
 
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if you want a curved walkway, use garden hose to lay out the curves - much easier,,, other than that, suitable base mtl in ny will meet nysdot spec'd 'item 4'

upstate or metro ?
 
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