Monday, January 18, 2010
Installing a Brick Paver Patio (Part 4)
Lets start out by recapping nailing in the spikes for the edging. As a company rule, we install a spike, skip (2) holes, and then install another spike. If we are edging really tight curves, then we spike every other hole. After you have installed the edging, we take and shovel dirt over and against the brick edging. We then take the plate compactor and tamp the soil around the outside of the patio. This provides two things. First, it must be done so that as it rains we are less likely to have washout. Second, this helps in allowing no movement in the brick pavers. Next, we take bags of polymeric sand and dump them out on the patio. We take a broom and very lightly broom the sand all over the patio. You want the loose polymeric sand to be about 1/4" deep and do not worry about sweeping the polymeric sand into the joints. A 1/4" of loose sand allows the plate compactor to glide over the patio causing less damage to the brick pavers. You will need to compact the entire patio in (3) different directions.