How to Line a Concrete Sidewalk with Brick Pavers
You can create a more interesting and natural concrete sidewalk by lining them with brick pavers. Brick paver come various colors, designs and shapes. You can select from many unique types of brick pavers and line them over a dull walkway to dress it up to form an attractive pavement. It is easier to clean and maintain brick pavers than other forms of landscaping.
Step 1: Selecting the Bricks
Select the bricks of your choice. It is better to choose bricks with a width that is evenly divisible by the width of the pavement. This will save you from cutting the bricks. To calculate the number of bricks required, you can measure the pavement and calculate its area in square inches. Then divide this are by area of a brick to estimate the number of bricks required. If your side walk is curved, you cannot avoid cutting the bricks. In that case, you should plan for a sufficient number of extra bricks.
Step 2: Cleaning the Sidewalk
Attach a thin piece of board vertically on the edges of the pavement with cement screws to mark the boundary of the brick pavers. This will help keep the edge straight.
Step 3: Dry setting to Form Design
Start from one end of the pavement. Form the design you want. There are nubs on the bricks, which are important. When you place the bricks together, the nubs keep them apart such that the sand will fill the gaps and lock the complete sidewalk in its place.
Step 4: Laying Mortar
Keep the pavers in easy reach to lay them on the sidewalk in rows. Mix a sufficient quantity of mortar. Spread a 1-inch layer of mortar on the sidewalk and level it. Place a 2-by-4 board and check the level. Scrape off or add mortar where it is required. Make the surface flat and smooth.
Step 5: Laying Bricks
Set the first row of brick pavers, putting the wooden rails on the edge. Ensure the bricks on the edges are butting with the wood liners for proper edge formation. Next, place the second row of bricks forming the design. You have to work fast so the mortar will not dry.
Complete the second row by lining the pavers in place. Mix more mortar. Spread it in the first block and line up the tiles as done in earlier rows. Ensure that the bricks are level.
Step 6: Cutting Bricks for Curves
Use the hand-held mason’s saw for cutting the bricks if the walkway is curved. Mark the bricks with a pencil to fit the walkway. Make sure that the saw has a diamond-coated blade for fast and easy cutting.
Step 7: Filling the Gaps
Spread dry sand over the laid bricks and sweep it to fill the joints that hold the laid bricks in place. Mix some more mortar. Rinse it with water. Clean it with a wire brush and let the sand settle. Pack the mortar in the gaps between the brick pavers on top of the sand. Continue to fill the gaps until all of the bricks are packed with mortar. Rinse the walkway again and remove all excess cement. Allow the sidewalk to cure and follow the instructions provided with the mortar. Do not walk over the walkway before it is completely cured. Complete all the blocks.