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Can you tell me how to lay paving stones?

Hello everybody. I hope you will help me. I would like to pave my garden. It is a nearly 160 square feet area and I would like to use it to park my car. Unfortunately I don't know how to start. Someone told me to make a first layer of concrete and then to lay the paving stones. What do yo you suggest me? Thank you.

Wed, 08/05/2013 - 17:28

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Don't worry, it is quite simple. I suggest you to buy the classic and cheapest paving slabs that you can found in any DIY store.

  • The first step is perhaps the most difficult one: to remove the grass and prepare the ground. There is no need to dig deeply, a few inches will be more than enough.
  • Smooth to soil with the shovel and sprinkle with a thin layer of sand, so as to make it as much homogeneous as possible.
  • Lay a wire mesh on the soil since it will prevent any subsidence of the land which will cause problems to tiling. Cut the network in correspondence of any manholes.
  • At this point, prepare he mortar mixing sand, cement and lime.
  • Before laying the paving stones (or outdoor tiles if you prefer), moisten the bottom of each stone with water. Once you have laid it, hammer it delicately with a large rubber hammer and with the aid of a spirit level constantly check the level.

 

Fri, 10/05/2013 - 16:38

Very good explanations! But after tiling, do not forget to wet the whole surface thoroughly with water and to repeat the same operation after 8 hours. It is very important.

As to the material to use, since you want to create a space for the transit of cars, it is particularly recommend a highly resistant flooring of concrete, cube stones or pebbles (but the latter are quite impractical). Finally, apply a paving sealer to complete your job.

Sat, 11/05/2013 - 20:48

I had to do the same job a few months ago and I became a specialised patio stone hunter! I found out a very nice and fast solution for outdoor paving: ecostone paving. Paving costs in this case are initially a little higher but ecostone is absolutely reliable and does not require further maintenance. Moreover, it is environmentally beneficial. I am absolutely satisfied.

Sat, 18/05/2013 - 19:25

Don't worry, it is quite simple. I suggest you to buy the classic and cheapest paving slabs that you can found in any DIY store.

  • The first step is perhaps the most difficult one: to remove the grass and prepare the ground. There is no need to dig deeply, a few inches will be more than enough.
  • Smooth to soil with the shovel and sprinkle with a thin layer of sand, so as to make it as much homogeneous as possible.
  • Lay a wire mesh on the soil since it will prevent any subsidence of the land which will cause problems to tiling. Cut the network in correspondence of any manholes.
  • At this point, prepare he mortar mixing sand, cement and lime.
  • Before laying the paving stones (or outdoor tiles if you prefer), moisten the bottom of each stone with water. Once you have laid it, hammer it delicately with a large rubber hammer and with the aid of a spirit level constantly check the level.

 

Fri, 10/05/2013 - 16:38

Very good explanations! But after tiling, do not forget to wet the whole surface thoroughly with water and to repeat the same operation after 8 hours. It is very important.

As to the material to use, since you want to create a space for the transit of cars, it is particularly recommend a highly resistant flooring of concrete, cube stones or pebbles (but the latter are quite impractical). Finally, apply a paving sealer to complete your job.

Sat, 11/05/2013 - 20:48

I had to do the same job a few months ago and I became a specialised patio stone hunter! I found out a very nice and fast solution for outdoor paving: ecostone paving. Paving costs in this case are initially a little higher but ecostone is absolutely reliable and does not require further maintenance. Moreover, it is environmentally beneficial. I am absolutely satisfied.

Sat, 18/05/2013 - 19:25
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