Preparing to Install Driveway Pavers

What You'll Need
Coarse sand
Crushed stone
Spade and flat shovel
Hose and water source
Edging material such as wood or concrete
A long, straight piece of wood
Plate compacter (hired)

Before laying concrete pavers, you will need to prepare the ground to accept them. This involves some heavy manual labor but the task itself is relatively easy and can be completed using the information in the following article. Keep in mind that you will need to create a slight slope away from the house or any other buildings. This is done to prevent water from draining back and damaging the home. 

Step 1: Site Preparations

If the existing driveway is tiled or tarred, you will need to get rid of existing material before work can commence. Dispose of the old driveway material properly by talking to a waste management company about effective procedures or recycling options. 

Establish where the actual driveway will be and mark out that area allowing 6 inches more than what is needed on either side of where the pavers will be placed. 

Step 2: Work Preparations

Determine what items will be needed to complete this task. Decide how much material will be used on the job and make sure that there are sufficient quantities of sand and crushed stone. Purchase or rent the items necessary for completing the job in advance. By doing this, it will not be necessary to lose valuable working time chasing around after replenishments. 

Gather together everything that will be needed to accomplish the task at hand and put it all in one area next to where the pavers will be installed. 

Step 3: Digging and Tamping

Using a spade or flat shovel, dig 11 inches into the ground over the entire area where the pavers will be installed. Extend the digging to where the edging material will be placed as well. Use a plate compactor to level things out and tamp the area down. 

Step 4: The Base Materials

Put 1/3 of the crushed stone into the excavated area. Use the hose to dampen the stones before going over them with the plate compactor. Make sure the area is even, factoring in the necessary incline to allow for water drainage. 

Look for any dips and holes, fill them with more stone and compact the area again before moving on. To be sure that the ground is properly prepared, walk on the area. If it is possible to walk on the stones without disturbing them, the area is ready for the next step. 

Step 5: Edging and Sand

Using spikes, place the edging into place along each side of the driveway. 

Lay around 1 ½ inches sand over the stones. Level the sand out, keeping in mind a slope that is still needed to allow for drainage away from the house. Carry out leveling with a long, straight piece of wood. 

The pavers can now be set. Laying concrete driveway pavers will be easier if these directions are followed correctly. The same instructions can be applied to brick driveway pavers.