Cement pavers, or patio stones, offer a customizable appearance to a sturdy and stable pad. The paver or stone structure, if assembled correctly, offers as much stability as a standard cement pad. Erecting a patio stone base for a shed is a simple matter of building a block pad out of the stones and placing the patio on top of the pad. The stability of the pad comes from the use of a rock and dry cement subsurface with a plastic edging border.
Things You'll Need
- Marking paint
- Crushed gravel
- Dry cement
- Cement sand
- 24-inch by 24-inch pavers
- Rubber mallet
- Plastic edging
- Ground anchors
- Masonry wet saw
Draw the outline for the dimensions of the shed on the ground using marking paint.
Dig the area to a depth of 4 inches with a shovel. Make the base of the ground as level as possible. Compact the subsurface with a hand tamper, which is a long metal pole with a wide, square base and two handles on the side, by slamming the tamper into the ground around the surface of the hole. Mechanical tampers are available for rent from hardware stores and can accomplish the task quickly.
Pour out 1-inch of crushed gravel into the area and tamp the gravel flat. Repeat with 1 inch of dry cement.
Lay out the patio stones or pavers in the desired pattern starting with one corner. Place the second paver against the edge of the first but elevated off of the ground and drop the stone or paver into place. Set a level on top of the two pavers and check the level. Adjust as necessary by tapping the top of the pavers with a rubber mallet. Install the remaining pavers or stones in the same fashion.
Wrap a plastic edging around the stones pressed tightly against the edge. Drive ground stakes into holes along the plastic edging to anchor the edging properly.
Tips & Warnings
- For additional stability and moisture control, sweep cement sand into the gaps between the stones and pavers. Scrub the surface of the structure with a wide-head broom to force the sand into the gaps. Wet the area down lightly to rinse the surface while solidifying the cement sand in the joints.
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