How to Lay a Paver Patio (Like a Pro!)

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It was always part of the big plan to finish the landscaping in front of the new addition as soon as it got warm, well it took FOREVER to get warm and dry up but the time has finally come! In this video I will share my process for laying pavers like a pro! I have laid a LOT of pavers in my time and 15 years later they are still looking great even with our harsh Michigan winters.

It all starts with the base and to get a proper 4-8 inches of 21AA crush limestone or concrete we had to dig out a fair amount of dirt in the patio area. This worked out well as we also had to connect a gutter downspout to a drain pipe that needed to be found again. All fairly easy work as I had grabbed by dads backhoe tractor to help with the digging, it made quite work of everything! Once we had the area dug out to the level we needed I laid down black landscape fabric to prevent the mud from eating all the gravel that we are about to put down. You want to make sure you have fabric that will allow water to flow though so don’t use a plastic underlayment.

Used my truck to get the 21AA and was surprised how heavy the stuff is, was only able to get a half a yard at a time! Lucky I picked up an unloader that made easy work of dumping the gravel off the truck bed, some of the best money I have spent! Once the gravel was in place and spread out to a surface that we were after it was time for some serious time with the hand compactor. Another great tip is to give the surface a good soak with a hose, this will really help compact the area. After the 21AA is set it is a good idea to add some compacting sand or paver sand to make sure you don’t have any bigger gravel rocks preventing a smooth surface.

Now it’s time for paves! With my helpers we moved everything in place and went to town with an easy and repeatable pattern. Nothing special here, just make sure that you hold straight lines and check back with every few rows to make sure you don’t stray. Angles can be easily cut with a tile saw or a concrete saw. Once the pavers are all set go back over with the compactor to make sure everything is smooth. After the first run with the compactor add some play sand over the pavers and sweep the sand into the cracks of the pavers, then go back over with the compactor and back over with the sand….you will need to do the process a few times to make sure you have the pavers set well.

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50 Comments

  1. Yoni Pools on December 20, 2020 at 9:49 pm

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  2. Derek Predmore on December 20, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Hey tyler i have a paver job coming up will I be able to use a shovel? And is there any other kind of saw other than tile saw. Great video.

  3. Hua Chen on December 20, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    awesome work , especially as all your kids got involved. Great help to daddy

  4. Mike on December 20, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Why didn’t you start at the back (near the house )?

  5. xMiniTV on December 20, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Great video! I’m planning on adding a side walk and was thinking of using these kind of bricks. I haven’t looked at other videos to see how it is done but your video showed me all the tricks! Thanks again! 😁

  6. Ev Har on December 20, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Fantastic job

  7. Marc Gonzalez on December 20, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Awesome, great job

  8. Darci S on December 20, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    What was the cost for this project?

  9. Julian Ho on December 20, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    luv your crew……………………..

  10. Mikey Germsheid on December 20, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    How to not lay a patio.

  11. David H. on December 20, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    I havent heard anyone say "doggone" in forever, where have I heard that before…*Sees EGA on truck*… Yup, Semper Fi . Anyways, thanks for the tips!

  12. Sean Arteaga on December 20, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    I liked this video as soon as I saw the dog!

  13. BESS Machine EN on December 20, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    nice job
    I will recommend this video to our customers from now on. We are a paver block machine manufacturer company located in Turkey and sometimes customers ask us how to have the blocks sold. people want to do it themselves.

  14. fenix ross on December 20, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Great job

  15. Crystal Huynh on December 20, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing β™₯️

  16. kingjamesg35 on December 20, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    great video well illustrated

  17. Spencer Colgan Wallpaper & Painting on December 20, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Great work Tyler!!!! What cement or sand mixture goes in between the patio blocks and the house? Is it sand and Portland? Please tell me sir! Great video. By the way, I’m in Florida.

  18. Mark Boczar on December 20, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    We put down 21A then half inch of sand atop the gravel. Then screet a poly blend sand and spread it so it goes between the pavers to bond them.

  19. Ashley Walls on December 20, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Take ya about 20 mins?

  20. SoCalif MBA on December 20, 2020 at 10:12 pm

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  21. Northeast Hardy Tropicals on December 20, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Great instructional video, the pavers came out great πŸ‘πŸΌ

  22. B C on December 20, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Ah the ol rigid, we used to have one of those. We never used it for tile either lmao

  23. Amazing You Day Spa on December 20, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    I love everything you do. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Silbu Cherian on December 20, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    How much cost for square feet

  25. rashmedo on December 20, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    awesome video and super kids

  26. siuL Chalo on December 20, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Nice work & these little guys the best help!@

  27. Chuck Douglas on December 20, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Great vid! Excellent info and step by step! Loved watching your little helpers haul those bricks! Great family project πŸ™‚

  28. Winnie Mitchell on December 20, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Great,you did a good job and I’m happy to see your kids are helping….

  29. CrzyCam on December 20, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    do weeds want to grow in the sand in the cracks?

  30. xSyberprox on December 20, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Quick question, the sand will it not attract ants to create tunnels ?

  31. Ron Rivet on December 20, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Good little helpers too. Thanks for posting. Very helpful!

  32. Brother Bryan on December 20, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Kids deserve a lot of praise.

  33. MaharlikaAWA on December 20, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Dude you didnt spray the sand between the pavers with water and let ot dry?

  34. Cindy Roragen on December 20, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Love your easy to follow directions and appreciate telling where to jump in video if the drain isn’t needed for us

  35. Janina Perez on December 20, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    The Crew and a dog

  36. Robert Wood on December 20, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    So well done!

  37. Dustin Dial on December 20, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    What part of the country is this?

  38. Malai Samy Ramamoorthy on December 20, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    great video! thank you. you are a pro. I am using your ideas to redo my patio. My patio bricks sunk in just 3 years. I think they have not compacted or used any 21AA or other gravels before they spread the sand. I have to do all over again. one question, your bricks look like concrete blocks, where did you buy them?

  39. N J on December 20, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Excellent job, Semper Fi!

  40. Valtinho on December 20, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    good video mate, thanks!

  41. Jason Tibesar on December 20, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Is there somewhere the cost of this project is listed?

  42. Crashcourse Productions on December 20, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Your crew got me to subscribe

  43. Mary Lou Kostecki on December 20, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Excellent demonstration

  44. Chris Rob on December 20, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    I always thought you had to cement them in so they wouldn’t move? Do you have any problem with shifting pavers?

  45. MR - 06PV 770434 Dolphin Sr PS on December 20, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Your little angels are amazing

  46. JJ W on December 20, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Why does some guys say you must not be inside the pit while laying brick as opposed to kneeling on brick as you lay. Basically you’re kneeling on the bricks you just laid until you finish

  47. Dee Singh on December 20, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Loved the way you got the kids involved, great life skills πŸ‘Œ

  48. km sti on December 20, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    I did mine the lazy and cheap way. Now I have to REDO everything over bc I"m selling my house soon.

  49. Manoranjan Mahakud on December 20, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Nice video mate , specially the crews and the dog did a pretty good job . Thank you very much sharing

  50. L F on December 20, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Fantastic!

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