When it comes to brick driveways, they have the power to easily improve the look of the properties where they’re installed. Not only are they easily maintained, but they also blend in very well with the landscape. One of the main reasons of using bricks is because they can be installed without the help of professionals, so let’s take a closer look below at how you can easily install them on your own.
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The first step you should take involves laying out the driveway in your desired shape. Using marking spray paint and wooden stakes for this step. When laying out the shape, you may want to use a string line that’s going to be tied between stakes, since it’ll keep you on grade. Also, make sure that when completed, the driveway can be easily drained.
The area of the driveway needs to be excavated to a depth of minimum twelve to fourteen inches and next you’ll have to compact the raw sub-grade. There’s going to be a lot of material that needs to be disposed of because of the excavation, so make sure to hire an excavator to dispose of it properly. By hiring a professional excavator contractor, he’ll provide you with the personnel, haul truck, location for hauling off the waste and all other equipment required to get the job done properly.
At this point you’ll need to get the stone base which is to be used as support for the drain and brick (pea gravel or stone screenings will do just fine).
The stones should be dumped in manageable piles on the sub grade. Use a garden rake, a wheelbarrow and shovels to spread the rock properly.
Install the stone in three lifts using a plate vibrator.
The last lift of stone should be held to a grade which allows for 2” of sand and the 3” brick paver.
To prevent weeds from coming up between the pavers, you’ll need to use landscape cloth for covering the stone.
In order to bed the paver block in, you should consider placing 2” of sand over the cloth. Abiding by the manufacturer’s instructions, you should then proceed with setting a plastic brick edge retainer.
To keep even spacing, you should use brick spacers and being at the middle of your driveway’s end and then work out towards the edges. By doing so, you’ll ensure that the bricks on each edge or side are going to be of the same size and provide a uniform look.
Use a 3′ length of two by four inch wood for laying across the bricks every 2-3 feet. To ensure the bricks will be evenly settled into the bed of sand, you should tap the wood using a rubber mallet.
You should consider starting at the 2nd row by making sure you center the brick over the joint of the two bricks in the center. By doing so, you’ll get a beautiful herringbone pattern.
Follow the previous three steps until you complete the driveway.
Fill the joints between the brick by using masonry sand. You should spread it over the bricks and carefully sweep it into the joints.
Lastly, to settle the sand into the joints, you should spray water (using a hose). By doing so, you’ll also be able to clean off the bricks.