DIY Concrete Paving Slabs

What You'll Need
Safety glasses
Work gloves
Number of concrete paving slabs needed for your job
Tape measure
Rubber mallet or hammer

Concrete paving slabs can add an attractive look to your patio or other area. Concrete paving slabs also come in an assortment of colors, shapes and styles.  They are also sometimes called flagstones. You can use them to build a sidewalk, or other area. You can find a wide selection  of concrete paving slabs in most home hardware stores. If you want to put down some concrete paving slabs in your yard, here is what you will need for your project:

Step 1 – Preparation

After you have all the necessary tools, you need to prepare the area. You need to clear off the area and make sure it is clean and free of any debris. Put on your safety glasses and work gloves and get ready to start your project.

Step 2 – Measure the Area

Use your measuring tape and string to mark off the area where you want to lay down the concrete paving slabs. Make sure the area is even and, if necessary, you allow for a drainage slope. This is something best done in advance so you will know exactly how many concrete paving slabs you have to buy to complete your project.

Step 3 – Getting the Area Ready for Slab Placement

Mix up your mortar according to the package directions. Pour down just enough mortar in the area you are able to finish in a few minutes, as it dries very quickly. Get your mallet and slabs ready. If the slabs are large or heavy, it is best to have a partner to help you put them into place.

Step 4 – Laying Down the Slabs

Now, carefully place the concrete paving slabs in the pattern and style that you want for the job. Once each slab is in place, tap each slab with the mallet or hammer to make it lay flat. Be careful not to hit it too hard or it might crack or break. A rubber mallet is probably a better choice for the job. You might want to have a drawing of the pattern you want to create to look at while you are putting them in place. You can probably find many different patterns and ideas on the Internet or in a book from your local library. Once all the slabs are in place, you have to let the mortar dry for at least a full 24 hours.

Step 5 — Finish

Once the mortar is dry, the next step is to fill in the cracks around each concrete paving slab with more mortar to fill them up and connect the individual concrete paving slabs together.  Use the trough to smooth it all out and make it look even. Now, all that is left is to let it all dry and your patio or sidewalk will be ready for use.