How to Lay Paver Bricks in Sand


Laying paver bricks in sand is one of the easiest ways to create a patio or walkway. The project does require physical labor, but that can be mitigated in a large project with the rental of a mini-dozer or bobcat. Plan your design before you begin. Choose your paver brick colors, sizes and shapes. Check the weather. Rain could cause problems with the sand if you haven't finished laying your pavers. Have tarps handy in case the weather changes.

Things You'll Need

  • Stakes and line
  • Shovel
  • Leveling sand
  • Tamper
  • Pavers
  • Pea gravel
  • Hose
  • Stake out the boundaries for your project. Prep the area where you'll be laying the pavers. Clear away grass, brush and other debris.

  • Shovel out the soil between the stakes to a depth that's equal to the depth of your paving brick plus one inch. If your bricks are three inches deep, dig down four inches. Level the soil with a tamper until it is firm and flat.

  • Spread one inch of leveling sand in the excavation. Stretch a line across the space to ensure the sand is flat and even.

  • Lay your paving bricks. Start at one end of your project and lay bricks side by side, end to end or in a herringbone pattern. Level the sand out if it's disturbed during the process. Whether you fit them tightly against each other or leave a gap is a matter of personal preference.

  • Use your string line again to make sure the bricks are level. Remove bricks that aren't level and scoop enough sand out of the space so that the brick will lie flat. If the brick is too low, add some sand beneath it.

  • Let the project settle for a few days. Fill the gaps with sand or pea gravel by scattering a shovelful over the pavers, then using a hose to rinse it into the cracks. Continue this process until all the gaps are filled.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you live in an area that's prone to frost heaves, pour a 4-inch concrete slab beneath the sand. If you're building a patio or other surface close to a building, create a slight slope away from the building so water runs off.
  • If the paver bricks don't rest on a flat base the surface may buckle.

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