When you get the right advice, paving your own area is not that difficult.
•The most ideal base material is quarry rubble or crushed rock. Use about 75 mm for walkways & 125 – 150 mm for driveways.
• Allow about 30 mm of bedding sand using a course sand or quartzite sand. Not all materials may be available in your area – so ask around to find out what’s best for
What about drainage?
• In our opinion, there’s no such thing as too much drainage. Simply ensure that the base, bedding sand & pavers slope away from buildings to ensure that water can drain away naturally into a drainage sump, channel or pit.
What about compaction?
Ensure that the base and the sand is compact, and that there is plenty of dried sand between the compactor & the paver, or that there is carpet liner fixed to the bottom of the compactor. This prevents the pavers from becoming scuffed or damaged.
How do you keep the paving level?
Stringlines are a useful tool in keeping your work straight, so you should always use them when possible. Make sure you’re regularly standing back to assess your work, and that your levels are sloping the right way.
For sand bedding, the steel strap & screed method of the most effective.
What is the best way to lay pavers?
Lay our pavers in lines, if there is a grain, lay the grain of each paver in the same direction. And cutting?
Leave the cutting of the pavers to the last step of laying, so they can all be done together. Once the pavers are down, what next?
Use a commercially bagged dried sand or paveset from Adelaide Brighton Cement. Either sweep it off or you can blow it off with a blower vac. just make sure you don’t overfill the joints or bevels!
Always use a concrete restraint edge along the outside edge of the pavers if they do not butt up to a structure.
For more great paving information, including DIY manuals and videos, head to the APC website.