How to Lay Brick Pavers With Mortar

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There are two main types of installation methods for laying brick pavers. One is to use the "dry" method, where you use a bed of compacted gravel and sand rather than mortar. This method is advantageous for those who are looking to complete a paver job quickly and efficiently. The mortar-based method, on the other hand, is more time consuming, but it gives you a more stable structure that can stand the test of time. Installing bricks pavers with mortar by yourself can save you a lot of money in the end.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • 5 2-by-4-inch boards
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Concrete mix
  • Mortar mix
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Trowel
  • Brick pavers
  • Level
  • Grout
  • 2 sponges
  • 2 buckets
  • Prepare the installation site. If you're not installing the brick pavers onto an existing concrete slab, you'll need to lay down a layer of concrete. First, excavate the area where you want to lay the pavers, approximately 6 inches deep into the ground. Next, build a border for the concrete by lining one 2-by-4 along each of the four inside walls of the excavation area. Attach the boards to each other with a hammer and nails. Mix the concrete according to the package instructions, and pour the concrete into the excavation area to a height of about 4 inches. Drag a 2-by-4 across the surface of the concrete to get a smooth, even layer. Allow the concrete to dry for 24 hours before proceeding.

  • Mix the mortar with water in a wheelbarrow according to the package instructions. Once you have mixed the mortar thoroughly, start in a corner and apply a 1-inch layer of mortar on top of the concrete, so there's enough mortar to lay no more than four pavers down at a time. Spread the mortar with a trowel, and set the pavers on top of the mortar, leaving around 1/8-inch of space between each of the pavers. After you set each row of four pavers, set a level across the top to ensure they're level and even. Adjust the level if necessary by adding more mortar underneath the pavers.

  • Continue working in small sections and lay enough mortar for four pavers at a time until all pavers have been set. Wipe away any mortar on the surface of the pavers. Allow 12 hours for the mortar to dry.

  • Mix the grout in a bucket according to the package instructions. Use one of the sponges to spread the grout in the spaces between each of the pavers. Using a bucket of water and a separate sponge, wipe away any grout on the surface of the pavers. Allow 12 hours for the grout to dry completely, and your patio will be ready to use.

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