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  • In this series of videos we re going to take this plain section of lawn and turn

  • it into a beautiful backyard patio. We ll take you through all the steps, but first,

  • we need to prepare the site. (step 1 planning) It all starts with a plan. You can lay your

  • project out on paper, or use Menards free design-it Depending on the size of your project,

  • you may be able to dig the area by hand or you may wish to bring in heavy equipment.

  • Either way, having a smooth and level base for the pavers and landscape blocks is the

  • most important step to successful completion of the project. Lay out the area you ll be

  • excavating, making it about a foot larger than the area to be paved. Remove the sod

  • and dig down about seven to nine inches to leave room for the sub-base, a layer of sand

  • and the pavers. When digging, try not to disturb the soil underneath, a process known as skimming

  • . This helps provide a firm base. (step 3 preparing the sub base) Stakes and strings

  • marking the exact dimensions of the patio are set into place. Check for square and level.

  • Plan to slope the patio slightly, especially if it s next to a building, to help provide

  • proper drainage. A layer of crushed stone or aggregate is spread over the soil and compacted

  • with a plate compactor. Small areas can be compacted with a hand tamper. A second layer

  • of sub-base is spread over the first and checked for level. Fill in any low spots. Compact

  • again. The finished sub-base should be about three inches below the finished level of the

  • pavers. (step 4 creating the paver base) Before any pavers can be set into place, a bed of

  • sand must be prepared. Use 1-inch conduit, pipe or similar material, and lay them 6 to

  • 8 feet apart. Spread sand between the pipes, know n as screed rails . Take a 2 by 4 board

  • and drag it across the rails, spreading and smoothing the sand as you go. Fill in any

  • low spots. Slide the rails back as you go and fill the indentations in with sand. Trowel

  • them smooth as you go. Don t walk on, compact or disturb the sand after you ve finished

  • screeding. You re now ready to start laying the paving blocks. To stay up-to-date on all

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In this series of videos we re going to take this plain section of lawn and turn

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