handyman paver resized 600Make no mistake, this handyman job is hard work. The end result will be an attractive functional area. Whether you are going to do a patio or a walkway, the process is the same.

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Use washed sand and build a base of several inches. Level the sand with a screed and then you can start setting the pavers. Planning plays a big role here. If you are using pavers that are uniform in size, it is easier that if you are using various sized stone pavers. You will need to use some type of edging to hold everything together if the space is not confined to a specific area.

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Set the pavers into the sand with a slight twisting motion. You can have uniform spaces in between each paver or different spacing if the pavers are different sizes. You can run a vibrating tamper over the pavers to seat them and remove any small voids.

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Once the pavers are set you can fill in the areas between the pavers with washed sand. There’s nothing scientific here…just dump some sand on the pavers and use a push broom and push it around filling in the spaces. You can run the tamper over the area again and sprinkle some water over it to remove any small spaces and to get the sand to compact better. You can do this a few times.

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This will turn into a maintenance project every so often as well. Especially if you have children…they love to dig into the sand.

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