How to Install 18 Inch Patio Pavers

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Paver patio installation is a fun and challenging do-it-yourself project. Expect to spend at least a weekend working on the project, and maybe more time, depending on the size of the patio. Pavers, and 18-inch pavers in particular, add an elegant look and feel to a patio due to their larger size than the standard pavers. Complete this project yourself and you may be able to save a significant amount of money compared to the cost of hiring a contractor to do it for you.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood posts
  • String
  • Shovel
  • 2-by-4
  • Tape measure
  • Edge restraint
  • Metal spikes
  • Rubber mallet
  • Crushed gravel
  • Rake
  • Hand tamper
  • Sand
  • 18-inch tiles
  • Broom
  • Dial "811" before starting any job. This is a free service that will come to your home and mark off any underground utility wires.

  • Measure the length and width of your desired patio dimensions. Pound a wood stake in the ground at each of the four borders and tie a string around the outside of the stakes to denote your building area.

  • Dig a hole within the area you marked off that is 6 inches deep into the ground.

  • Set a 2-by-4 on the ground and set a level on top. The level should be sloping away just slightly from your home or garage, which prevents flooding and drainage problems.

  • Pour a 2-inch layer of gravel and spread it evenly across the bottom of the building area.

  • Compact the crushed gravel using a hand tamper.

  • Add another 2-inch layer of gravel and repeat the compacting step.

  • Add a 2-inch layer of sand atop the gravel and drag a 2-by-4 along the sand until it forms an even layer all the way across.

  • Set the 18-inch pavers atop the sand one by one, starting in any corner you choose. Leave no more than 1/8 inch of space between each of the pavers. Tap each paver into place with the rubber mallet.

  • Pour sand into the spaces between the 18-inch tiles. Use a broom to spread the sand around thoroughly. Make sure all spaces have been filled.

  • Rinse the sand off the surface off the tiles and allow the tiles to set and dry for several hours before using.

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