We began going over what not to do when installing your own paving stones, whether you are putting in steps, a driveway, a patio or a retaining. While the process doesn’t seem very complex overall — and it’s most certainly not — there are still quite a few things do-it-yourselfers need to look out for when beginning their projects. If you know what not to do ahead of time, it makes the entire process flow much more smoothly.
We are always available to provide guidance and information to our customers and prospective customers at our Long Island showroom and our contacts throughout the tri state area. At Island Block & Masonry Supply, we enjoy working with people to help them determine the right products for their specific needs and are comfortable referring them to knowledgeable engineers and builders for professional help on installation if the need arises.
Compared to concrete, paver projects are usually not as heavy on the labor. However, there is still potential for mistakes, especially if you are not typically a handy do-it-yourselfer. What’s more,there is no mortar to set interlocking pavers like the quality products lines we sell here at Island Block & Masonry Supply. It’s a quick sand brushed in between the pavers from time to time. This allows the pavers to breathe a bit, allowing for the freeze and thaw cycle we experience in the tri state area in the winter then spring.
For most, the most challenging aspect of a DIY paving stone project is removing the dirt where the pavers will be placed and setting the section for pavers. Seems simple enough, but there are still plenty of “dont’s” when it comes to this type of DIY project. Below, find some advice on what not to do.
As obvious as it may seem, something that DIY-ers don’t always account for is the actual space they need for the project. Excavating the ground where you plan to place the pavers is an essential step, and unfortunately it’s also one where those who aren’t too experienced may make a mistake that requires more work and more headaches later on. Always, always, always, size the pavers before breaking ground. Preciseness is key, especially as you excavate. It’s best to measure every so often to make sure the space isn’t too large or tiny, otherwise the pavers will not fit correctly. This can lead to an unstable project that you will have to re-do!