How to Install Circular Pavers
The installation of circular pavers requires wedge-shaped stones designed to lay out in a particular pattern. If you want to create a patio or outdoor area with an interesting and creative design, making a circle with stones is wonderfully effective. You will need a weekend for this job and some fair weather. If you have a helper, the job will go faster.
Step 1: Prepare Materials
Make sure you have the necessary materials before you begin including all the pavers and the design pattern, gravel and sand. Circular pavers are often sold in kits that will determine how big the area should be.
Step 2: Mark the Circle
Wherever you would like the circular patio to be located, drive a stake into the ground in the approximate center. Attach a string to it and extend it the length of the radius as indicated by the pattern. Hold the spray paint can and the string in the same hand at the right distance from the center and mark a perfect circle on the ground.
Step 3: Excavate
On the outside edge of the mark, drive your shovel all the way around. This will be the most time-consuming aspect of the job because you have to dig out 6 inches of grass and dirt from the entire circular area. Make sure the excavated area is level throughout. You can use a rock rake to help level it.
Step 4: Gravel
Pour gravel in the area and spread it around evenly. The goal is to lay 3 inches of gravel evenly around the entire excavated space. With a blunt object or a motorized tamper, tamp it down so it compact and even.
Step 5: Sand
Atop the gravel, pour in enough sand to cover the entire layer of gravel. You want the layer of sand to be 1 inch thick across the entire surface.
Step 6: Stone Setting
The circular stone kit ensures you do not have to make any cuts. Provided you follow the pattern and pack the stones in tightly, the circular area will be solid. Make sure you start from the center. The pattern may be laid out atop the sand to indicate the position of the stones or follow it with the center stake as your starting point. Pack each stone into the sand so it sits firmly in it.
Step 7: Edging
Once the last ring of stones has been laid, you have to install the plastic edging that helps to keep it all in place. It is best to have one piece that runs the entire circumference of the stone area. Where it meets, it snaps together, holding the patio stones together.
Step 8: Fill in the Cracks
Pour sand over the entire area and slowly work it into the cracks between the stones using the push broom. Take your garden hose and spray the entire patio with water until the sand settles. Repeat this step. When all is said and done, the cracks between the stones should be entirely filled in.
The finished product is an attractive circular patio area that is even and packed tightly together on the bed of sand and gravel. The strength of the bond is such that no concrete or mortar is necessary to maintain the patio's integrity.