How to install paving stone?
(1) Pull the rope. First of all, in a specific location, pull the rope according to the preset area.
(2) Excavation. The scope of pulling the rope as a benchmark to a certain depth of excavation, digging out of the area slightly larger than the range (6-8″ pedestrian,9-12″ vehicular).
(3) Establish grade (slope) to let water flow/drain. Make sure the driveway (or walkway or patio) doesn’t pitch towards the house, as then you may have flooding. Also make sure there are no holes or dips where water can congregate. Interlocking pavers do drain naturally, and advantage it has over poured concrete or asphalt, but you still need to be mindful of where the water is going to go once you’ve installed your concrete pavers.
(4) Lay lines and corners with string and stakes to mark out your intended paver installation. Don’t forget to include some breathing room (about 6-8 inches) around the entire design, but make sure to mark out exactly where the pavers are going. Make sure they are straight and parallel/perpendicular to the house, pool, or whatever reference point you are using for your design.
(5) Caulk gap material. In the prefabricated gap, fill the gap with the required depth of cement (white cement, colored cement, ink cement, etc.), and then use a spatula to smooth.
(6) Compact sub base. You will need to obtain either a hand tamper or a compactor for this. Ensure that the grade is correct, as well as the depth.
(7) Spread aggregate base (3-5″ pedestrian, 6-10″ vehicular) and compact. Note that this process uses no mortar or poured concrete. This material will just crack and decay over time, damaging the integrity of your paving stone project.
(8) Finish. Finally, backfill the soil along the pavement to level the site.