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How Tight Should Pavers Be?

Your project area begins to form with a solid prepared foundation from now on. The next move is to lay the pavers to see your strategy actually execute! Pavers should feel tight by hand but will have a built-in space between them. The distance between the pavers is suggested to be 3 mm (1⁄8). "I don't expect you to weigh the distance, but just place it next to you. You will stop every four feet and pull a string line along the lying neck, and move the side to the string line with a screwdriver.


Installing Pavers 


  • Nothing is right, never believe. Foundation walls and veiled curbs are seldom straight. Always use and follow the string line which is about 1⁄4 "apart from the wall. Once the project is completed, a slight gap against a wall will never be seen. If you begin with a twisted line, it will get worse if you start working away.

  • Each project must be restricted regardless of its use. If pavers are not restrained, they slowly "slide" into the softer surrounding materials and large gaps are found around the field. Some jobs have already had some edge restraint, such as the base wall and garage sill, but edge restraint is necessary for all other areas. Use an invisible network of edges which is directed into the base materials. Such simple-to-use edge constraints can also help you change your design because it is customizable. If a serpentine (curved) area is being designed, the edging restraint may be mounted, a few spikes inside and the curve may be viewed, and then the work may be closed down.

  • The use of polymer sands and mistakes is fine, and I think that a good job can be ruined in the wrong way.



  • Too tight alignment of the pavers can trigger problems in the future. There are 3 mm (1⁄8) "between the pavers. I don't expect you to quantify the difference, just bring it side by side. You will pull a line on the lying face and align the face to the line with a screwdriver every 4 feet. Do not hammer the stones to straighten up the face, spacing them out more efficiently.

  • Clean all dust and building debris and inspect the color and quality stones. It's much easier to do that now, if you need to rearrange a few stones than after the next move. Tamp the stones in all directions with a compactor once you have cleaned and inspected them. A plate protective cushion is a must, because the steel plate could harm the top surface or even the steel plate could hurt. Have a final inspection of the stones and then the polymer sand is ready to be used.


Now is the time to get your project started. The preparation of a suitable base is essential for every paving stone project.  The do’s and don’ts are guide and it can also be used to ensure that the pavers have an appropriate basis.

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