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Laying a Brick Walkway or Patio Instructions

  • Laying a Brick Walkway or Patio

    A brick patio or walkways can add a nice, somewhat formal touch to your yard. Although not difficult, laying brick may be rather time consuming. Use paving quality bricks for areas that will be walked on, as these bricks are more durable to wear and tear. Be sure that you have all the materials necessary for your project before you begin. Be careful when lifting and transferring bricks. Be sure that you use proper lifting techniques and wear a back brace.

  • Overview

    The basic steps for building your brick patio are: first, to layout the design of the patio and walkway. Then, to prepare the foundation base for the bricks. Next, lay the bricks. And finally, finish with the details.

  • Layout the Area

    Your first step is to layout the bricked area for your patio or walkway. A garden hose it a great tool to layout the area. Drive the wooden stakes about eighteen inches into the ground every two to three feet around the perimeter of the hose. These stakes will outline the area that you will dig out for your new patio or walkway and be used to line up your bricks.

  • Remove the Grass

    Remove the grass and dirt making the edges completely vertical. You should dig down about eight inches to give sufficient room for all base layers.

  • Level the Base

    Be sure that the base is leveled appropriately for your project. Round the base slightly, so that water does not puddle. Create a one inch slope every four to eight feet. Use a four foot level or a string level and make any adjustments as needed. As you add new layers, confirm that your slope is maintained throughout. Walkways can be level across their width.

  • Pour the Gravel

    Pour a four inch layer of gravel in the bed and tamp it down. Again, be sure that the level of the gravel is appropriately sloped.

  • Secure the Strapping

    Secure wooden strapping to the stakes using wood screws to define the edges of the walkway or patio. If there are curves in the border of the patio or walkway you will need to kerf the strapping. Saw part way through the wood about every 1/2-inch, which will allow you to bend the strapping. Alternately, you can use plastic forms now available to define the edge of your bricks. These stay in the ground and act as permanent lateral support for the bricks.

  • Lay the Soldier Bricks

    If you want to border the patio or walkway with soldier bricks (bricks standing on end face to face) put them in place now along the edge of the strapping.

  • Fill with Stone Dust

    Fill the bed with about 1-1/2 inches of stone dust, which will act almost like concrete once it has been wet and dried a few times. Account for the depth of your bricks and only lay down enough stone dust so the bricks are level with the surrounding landscape. Tamp the stone dust and level it using a strip of wood. Check the level every few feet to be sure that you maintain the appropriate curve to your patio.

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    The easiest and most versatile pattern is the basket weave. It is attractive and easily rounds corners. Lay the brick over the stone dust, tamping each brick with a rubber mallet. Once all of the bricks are in place, spread another layer of stone dust over the brick and sweep it into the cracks and along the edge.

  • Apply Finishing Touches

    With a light spray, spray water over the patio and walkway. The stone dust will harden much like concrete over time as it is wet and then dries. Leave the wooden strapping in place for at least a week to allow the walkway or patio time to settle. Carefully remove the strapping by pulling it straight out. Fill in the hole with topsoil and seed to replenish the grass next to the brick.

 

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