How to Lay Driveway Paving Stones
Driveway paving stones are a great and unique way to create your driveway. It can cost a lot of money to have someone lay driveway paving stones but it's a project that is not difficult to do. It may take some time to get the hang of the process but once you do it can be done rather quickly. Save yourself a lot of money and lay driveway paving stones yourself and the following article will explain how it is done.
Step 1 – Layout the Driveway
To make a proper driveway you first need to design and lay it out. If your driveway is straight then this will be much easier to do then if it is curved. Insert stakes along the proposed path of the driveway using a mallet to hammer them into the ground. You can then tie twine between the stakes to create your path.
Step 2 – Excavation
With the driveway stakes and roped off you can now begin to remove the dirt. Use the shovel and begin to dig out the area between the stakes. The depth of the area is dependent on the thickness of the driveway pacing stones. It should be as deep as the stones are thick plus two inches. As you are removing the dirt remove any roots or other debris in the site and then tamp it down until it is flat. Continue until the entire area is cleaned.
Step 3 – Base
In order to lay driveway paving stones you need to begin with a base. Begin by placing the landscaper’s fabric in the excavated area so that it is flat along the bottom without wrinkles or creases. It also needs to go up the sides of the area at least halfway. Trim the excess. If the fabric is not large enough then overlap the pieces. Once the fabric is in place; add sand add 1 ½-inches of sand on top of it. Use the push broom to spread it out and then tamp it down level.
Step 4 – Place the Driveway Paving Stones
Once the sand is level you can begin placing the stones. Lay one row and make sure each paver is about ¼-inch apart. Tap them into the sand with a mallet to seat them properly. Use the level to make sure each stone is level. You want the tops of the driveway paving stones to be even with the top of the ground. Continue until all of the stones have been placed. Some stone may need to be cut. Place them and then draw a line using the string as a guide along the curve. Use a masonry saw to cut along the line.
Step 5 – Sealing
Sand, when compacted, is very strong and acts like concrete in a lot of ways. Pour the sand over the driveway paving stones and then use the push broom to push the sand into the cracks. Use water to set the sand and to compact it further. Repeat as needed until the spaces are filled.