20 Dec 2011

How to Lay Pavers

Posted by bcsands

Laying pavers is not difficult to do, although it does require a degree of patience and accuracy to do the job properly. And it’s worth doing it right first time – you don’t want to have to take them all up and start again!

Work safe!

Wear steel-capped boots – pavers are heavy and you don’t want to drop one on your foot. Protect your hands with gloves and wear eye protection – at least when compacting or cutting pavers and preferably the rest of the time as well.

First steps

You need to clear the area to be paved really well. Dig down to about 150-200mm lower than the finished height of your pavers. (The exact depth will depend on the thickness of your pavers and the depth of your foundations.) One of the keys to avoiding sinking pavers is the make sure that you have pulled out any plants, including roots. When you are finished the area should be flat and firm.

Solid foundations

Put down a base layer of blue metal or road base to a depth of around 100- 150mm and then a layer of coarse sand to a depth of about 25mm Use a compactor (wacker packer) to create a firm surface. The more thorough you are with this step, the better your final result will be.

A proper bed

Add a surface of coarse, washed sand to a depth of about 25mm. Rake it out evenly. Use a screed or long piece of wood to smooth your sand out until it is completely smooth. Again, this is a really important step to ensure your pavers will be well seated, so don’t rush it.

Lay your pavers

Set up a string line to help you keep your pavers in a straight line as you lay them. Leave a tiny bit of space between each paver – use a small tool such as the blade of a trowel or screwdriver to make sure that you keep this space the same every time.

Concrete the edges

If you’re laying pavers against a wall, you don’t need to worry about this. If not, then secure your pavers using a length of masonry edging or by laying a concrete margin around the edge.

Add sand between the pavers

After you have laid your pavers, tip paving sand (washed Sydney sand) over the top and sweep it around, working it thoroughly into the gaps and crevices. Or use Pave Set – this can be hosed down and sets to a gel.

Compact your pavers

Use a plate compactor to ensure the pavers are solidly placed. This should be done with great care – it’s easy to break the pavers. You can lay an old piece of carpet, rug or rubber matting over the pavers to help protect them. If the level of paving sand between the pavers drops while you are doing this, then add more paving sand and compact again.


  • Your paving should slope slightly away from your house, so that it drains into your garden or existing drainage system
  • If you need to cut pavers you can hire a brick or diamond saw from your local construction hire shop
  • After you’ve smoothed down your sand – don’t walk on it! Walk on the pavers you have laid, but keep your feet in the middle of the pavers, so you don’t tip them over. Or lay a plank over them to spread the weight.
  • Tamp your pavers in gently with a rubber mallet over a piece of timber to ensure a consistent level
  • This is a slow, careful job – choose a dry day when you have plenty of time so you don’t feel rushed

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2 Responses to “How to Lay Pavers”

  1. Setting up paving is not an uncomplicated task. It demands precise and also correct sizes. Usually, qualified pavers contemplate the situation in the soil or ground ahead of laying paving.


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  2. Nice post altogether. I love the way you have depicted all the steps for paving the tiles. Keep sharing such splendid quotations…!



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