By Ninette Reynaud. driveway. Published at Saturday, January 19th, 2019 - 15:12:12 PM.
If you are doing it yourself then you should make sure you know where the best place to get the materials would be, and step by step on how to do what you are trying to do. This can be done simply with one or two people; it will save you money since you are not paying for labor and just for materials for the paving. If you were to hire someone to do this work for you then you would end up paying more money in the end just for labor.
There are 2 methods you can employ as the bed for block paving, one, you have fully compacted sand making the sub base and the laying coarse much firmer, achieving a much flatter surface. To achieve this you need your sand approx 10 – 15mm higher than the finished screeding height, this surplus sand is screeded off to the correct height and then you lay your block paving.
Two Set up your level line. You will need to knock 2 timber or steel pins into the ground, one at the house end of the driveway and the other at the pavement side. Next, attach a tight builder’s nylon line at what will be the finished height of your block paving, this line should be approx 10mm higher than the pavement and 150mm lower than the damp proof course to allow for final compaction of the block paving.
When you complete the laying of your full blocks you then need to cut in the borders, you can cut bricks using a block splitter. Holding the brick in place over the border, looking from above mark a line onto the full block on each side where it meets the border, draw a line between these 2 points and cut off the surplus using the block splitter, then simply put the cut block in place.
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