Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Installing a Brick Paver Patio (Part3)

You will lay all of your brick and overlay your area by several inches.  After you have layed the entire patio you are ready to mark out for your cuts and cut your bricks.  You can either cut the bricks individually, or you can draw a line and cut your brick with a cut-off saw.  If your line is curvelinear, it will look more professional to make long cuts with the cut-off saw.  This will be extremely dusty, so you will want to blow the dust away so you can see what you are cutting.  You will also want to wear eye and ear protection, as well as a dust mask.
After all of the cuts are made you are ready to install your soldier or sailor course.  After all of the soldier course pieces have been installed, you are ready to install your brick paver edging.  If you are installing around curves, you will want to cut the edging every few inches so that a rigid piece of edging can be allowed to flex with the curve.  You will need to drive 10" long spikes through the edging to secure it in place.  Along the driveway on this patio, we mixed up concrete and troweled it at a 45 degree angle in case the car ran over it.

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