How to Build a Patio – An easy Do it Yourself Project




Building a Patio -EASY?!? Yes- we show you how to build a Cut-less (YES NO CUTS!!) paver patio. How to Prepare the foundation soils, the base soils and the …

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  1. Seems like up in Minnesota you would always have to put stone or sand down below the frost depth of 3' or so to prevent heaving of the pavers.  Is that the case or are you able to use less base material at times?

  2. Stan, I have used the Aliance Gator products. They work good but I prefer the Techniseal products more. Right now we are limited to the Alliance products due to availability. Also Gator Dust is for flagstone installs, but you had better follow the instructions exactly or you will get poor results.

  3. I am thinking of putting in a paver driveway. I have seen others use the concrete driveway as the base then using the polymer over the whole driveway then laying the pavers and using more of the polymer in the cracks. Thoughts?

  4. I kind of feel that this one is for me. because I've been debating about doing pavers sidewalk in patios. this is really going to help me out I do appreciate it. trust me I'm nervous as hell about doing this and it's only a little 10 by 10 spot

  5. You are doing a fantastic job of educating people on the RIGHT way to do a paver patio. My company services the St. Louis area and have done our fair share of patios. You hit the nail on the head with prep work. My only suggestion would be to look into Gator Dust, which is a calibrated stone material mixed with polymer binders. As a company I will give a 5 year warranty with a patio, if they use this product. Thank you for promoting quality work instead of just going after a sale.

  6. I did the compaction and it went down an inch, so I had to buy more rock to fill in the inch, then my 1" of sand…sheesh, so basically I purchased 7" of base but only charged for 6". it's ok to be generous, yet I still feel I only have so much time of the day to only be working…any tips? love the videos, thank you so much

  7. in sweden we use minimum 200mm 0/16 and minimum 50 mm black rock flour stone thicknes 35mm
    sand is not recomended an this is not for drive way.
    drive way is minimum 300 mm 0/16 and 50mm black rock flour stone thicknes minimum 50 mm

  8. In Missouri, our aggregate companies that I have used, use the terminology "minus" and "clean". So 3 inch minus is a pretty typical base material, the "minus" meaning it still has dirt mixed in with the stone. So I guess with that, what does "class 5" mean exactly? Great video as always.

  9. great vid. I don't know which state your in & things vary in different areas. I'm in Pa but lived & worked in AZ for 5 yrs. Out there the dirt was so f—–g hard that all we had to do was maybe grade a little & put the sand down. after install my boss preferred silica sand to sweep in.

  10. Wow what a great video. I'd say one of the best step by step vids available on YouTube. Thanks for the detail Stan.
    Any way you can do a vid on radius's and multiple level patios with stairs:)

  11. Great Video as always Stanley. I would love an even more detailed video start to finish. How do you set your slope for water run off and how do you make sure that the base is perfectly level? Do you use 1inch of sand for driveways as well? Seen a local guy laying a driveway with no sand.

    Also the spike test for the sub base should be done after you have compacted it right?

    Whats most efficient to dig out the patio? Mini ex? Could you get by doing it with a skid steer?

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