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Making a Paver Patio Look Professional
With Special Techniques

Make Edging Work
To make sure that the edge is functioning properly, make sure that fits properly. First, you want the edge to sit directly on 411' base material, not on sand. The edge needs to right up next to the paver. When you stake the edge, start the spike in at an angle toward the patio, then straight up spike after most of spike is in the ground. Make sure the top of the edge is below the pavers. This is necessary so that the edge does not stick above the pavers, causing drainage problems with rain water runoff.
Aesthetic edges of pavers
If you are using a Brussels paver, by Unilock, the finish look of the paver is rough, tumbled looking. After a paver is cut with a brick saw, the edge of the brick is no longer rough and de stressed. To make the paver look like it was never cut, take another brick to the edge cut and bash the cut edge. This will give the cut side a stressed look, making it look like it was never cut. Keep all of your cuts to paver clean, crisp. Using a brick saw, speed square, and soap chalk can make this task easier. Always re cut a brick if the first cut brick is not fitting snug and proper.
Proper drainage via leveling base

To make sure your patio or sidewalk is sloped properly, use a level to test the slope. Use a 4' level and lay on top of the base to check to make sure the patio is sloping in the right direction, such as away from a building. The bubble inside the level should be a quarter of a bubble off the level mark. This quarter bubble off equals 1" fall for every 10' of run. A 4' level can be used to change grade and check for proper slope by dragging over top of the base.

Use a Plate Compactor

To make sure base does not settle after installed and the patio does not become unlevel, use a gas plate compactor. Before adding base to project, lay flat fabric cloth, this is one of the most important steps to prevent settling. As you begin building your base, only compact 2" of base at a time. Most patios need a total of 4-6" of base material. The base material compacts more aggressively if compacted in stages, and not all at once.

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