Interlocking Paver Installation Guide
STEP 1: Planning
1. Draw a sketch of the area to be landscaped with interlocking paver. Your sketch should include area measurements. This will enable our staff to provide you with the proper amount of materials required.
2. Choose paver size, style and colour.
3. Detail your job layout accordingly in order to minimize the need to cut or trim the pavers on the job.
STEP 2: EXCAVATION
1. Ensure the area is free of underground lines. (if you spot a wire do not proceed. Call the appropriate utility and have them come and check it out.)
2. Ensure the area is properly drained.
3. Prepare the site by excavating the foundation to allow for a crushed stone base to suit soil conditions and intended use. All topsoil should be removed. Required depth for pedestrian areas is 3" - 4". Required depth for vehicular areas is 6" or more.
4. Thoroughly compact the base layer to the desired grade and contour using a mechanical vibrating compactor (plate tamper).
5. Spread a loose layer of sand approximately 1" thick over the area. Draw a straight board across a guide (such as the edge restraint curb or parallel pipes laid on the base) to evenly distribute the sand for bedding course. The depth of the sand should allow for the thickness of the paver and a small amount of compaction. Do not compact, walk on, or disturb the levelled sand.
STEP 3: LAYING THE PAVERS
1. From an established straight line and a corner, start laying the pavers in the desired pattern.
2. Maintain straight lines by periodically stretching string lines parallel to and perpendicular to the original straight edge.
3. Work off the laid stone and progressively lay each row until the entire area is paved.
4. Finish the project by using a stone splitter or masonry saw to but paves where needed.
STEP 4: COMPLETION
1. Sweep the area clean in preparing for tamping.
2. Using a small mechanical tamper, lightly tamp the entire area in both directions to bed down the pavers uniformly.
3. Dispense a layer of sand or polymeric sand over the pavered area and sweep into the joints and temp again.
4. Continues to cover with sand and vibrate joints are full and each paver is locked to its neighbour.
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