How to Install Concrete Pavers | Ask This Old House

How to Install Concrete Pavers | Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough helps an expecting couple install a concrete paver patio

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Time: 12-14 hours
Cost: $2500 and up, depending on size and materials
Skill Level: Difficult

Tools:
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Shopping List:
Concrete pavers [https://www.idealconcreteblock.com/product-details/items/andover-collection.html]
Stone pack [https://www.homedepot.com/p/6-Yards-Bulk-Paver-Base-STPB6/206668250]
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Resources:
Mark installed Andover Collection Stone Cleft pavers in the Richfield Blend color, which are manufactured by Ideal Concrete Block [https://www.idealconcreteblock.com].

Compactors can be rented at most home centers and landscape supply stores.

The other materials Mark used, including pack, concrete sand, and polymeric sand can be purchased at landscape supply stores.

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50 Comments

  1. Linda Hanson on June 29, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Pregnant lady digging? Come ON, guys 🙁

  2. leesunlung on June 29, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Good luck for baby #3 with all these hard work 😓

  3. Jerb Sherb on June 29, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Me: Hey Christine, how many months are you pregnant?

    Christine: OK

  4. CHUCK THOMAS on June 29, 2021 at 1:37 am

    Seems like a lot of prep. They’re not putting the Giza Pyramid there, just some pavers… And it’s a patio not a driveway…

  5. Eddie3074 on June 29, 2021 at 1:37 am

    Wasn’t the pitch going towards the house?

  6. Bilbo Baggins on June 29, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Pregnant woman digging and working love it!

  7. Frank Denardo on June 29, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Any advice for a first timer

  8. Bobby E on June 29, 2021 at 1:41 am

    An hour to cure? They say minimum 7 days and sometimes up to 28 days. What kind of concrete cures in 1 hour?

  9. Andro dibox on June 29, 2021 at 1:42 am

    A pregnant woman dug that out? Jesus I am not worthy

  10. El Racó del Bosc on June 29, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Look at the profile of El Racó del bosc, we are artisans in the construction of dry stone, we are recovering a heritage with more than 1000 years old, thank you.

  11. Jason W on June 29, 2021 at 1:45 am

    I love how the patio foundation went from shovels of uneven dirt to automatically leveling itself out by running a compactor over it……in reality this takes a while along with the sand leveling, you need to layout a weed fabric sheet, otherwise you’ll have a grass patio in one or two years.

  12. Carlos Martinez on June 29, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Exelente trabajo y felicidadez por el bebe. Dios les bendiga

  13. Stephen Stoddard on June 29, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Estes rockets

  14. Chris Koch on June 29, 2021 at 1:47 am

    She likes to garden as you can see. One planter with half dead tomato plant. Oh I see quite the green thumb.

  15. D on June 29, 2021 at 1:47 am

    baby number three? disgusting

  16. Phuntsok Namgyal on June 29, 2021 at 1:47 am

    What type of sand is that ?

  17. Naomi Patch on June 29, 2021 at 1:48 am

    He makes it look so easy!

  18. Frankie on June 29, 2021 at 1:48 am

    "Alright kristie, go ahead and grab that broom" …..ok lol

  19. Blake Mayer on June 29, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Ok… I have a quote for my patio for 750 Sq feet of similiar patio 15k. Feels like that is too much. Anyone care to comment?

  20. 3Initials on June 29, 2021 at 1:50 am

    I wonder how much they charge since the homeowners did most of the work

  21. Bannock Chief on June 29, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Great, now my knees hurt.

  22. Mountain Biker on June 29, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Great 👍

  23. Ram 43x on June 29, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Bro, u guys should of done it yourself. Saved a couple grand

  24. Jon Yan on June 29, 2021 at 1:54 am

    Can anyone comment on how best to address weeds over time working there way through the activated sand? I would like to ensure that DIYing it will minimize long term weed growth.

  25. PJ on June 29, 2021 at 1:54 am

    Maybe that lady shouldn’t be doing manual labor since she’s pregnant lol.. great work tho

  26. Richard Rice on June 29, 2021 at 1:55 am

    Must be nice doing this up north. Down in the south, I would have gone thru 3 or 4 shirts

  27. J-Prez on June 29, 2021 at 1:56 am

    How much I wished I had a girl in my life that likes to be handy and help out in little things like this you know? Nowadays most of them are hoeing around on social media using good men smfh what a world we live in

  28. Bryan Dover on June 29, 2021 at 1:58 am

    I absolutely love these videos. There are a lot of ways to skin a cat, but usually, This Old House shows how the professionals do it.

  29. Mister Smith on June 29, 2021 at 1:58 am

    What would brick have to do with colonial vs ranch?

  30. yogesh babu on June 29, 2021 at 1:59 am

    How to avoid vehicle’s take turn on my pavers is there a good idea which make good pavers for my house and tougher for others may be elevated, thankyou

  31. Old Bhoys' Board Game Club on June 29, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Director: "ze woman will dig ze holes!"
    Camera op: "but she’s preg…"
    Director: "DO NOT QUESTION MY ART! SHE DIGS!!!"

  32. Leonardo Garcia on June 29, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Does anyone know what he used as the subsurface? I hear him say pack? Looks like abc gravel, just want to know if there is a difference.

  33. Marcus G on June 29, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Resand every year, pavers is an old tech that should go away

  34. SY on June 29, 2021 at 2:07 am

    See? No job can be nicely done without a pregnant woman 🤰

  35. xxDrain on June 29, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Did they have a pregnant woman digging dirt for them?

  36. D C on June 29, 2021 at 2:08 am

    This is not how you lay pavers I see tv shows do this all the time… you screed the sand using gas pipes then lay the pavers and run the plate compactor over them you don’t bang each paver individually with a mallet….. goes faster and looks better when you do it the right way

  37. james liu on June 29, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Why polymer sand gets softer and washed out after heavy rain ?

  38. Jagi Singh on June 29, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Omg with the pregnant wife 🤣🤣

  39. Oregon River on June 29, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Do you have a link to these specific pavers? I really like them and would like to use this for my own patio project. Please help!

  40. Frank Campos on June 29, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Okay, so after viewing more than 50 videos on installing paver patios, I have come to the conclusion that you can pretty much do it anyway you want and it will come out good. 😁
    He did a couple of things that the other 49 videos said NOT to do and didn’t do a couple of things that the others said To do. And it still turned out okay.
    By the way, what is this “Pack Gravel – 3/4” gravel with stone dust”? I have asked at several stone suppliers here in the south and no one has any idea as to what I’m talking about. Must a NE thing! Nice video though. Shame for making the pregnant lady do the heavy stuff! 😁

  41. James Tora on June 29, 2021 at 2:16 am

    Ok

  42. JoshDoesEverything on June 29, 2021 at 2:18 am

    if only he already had some kind of wooden structure that he could put his grill on…

  43. Hew Jarsol on June 29, 2021 at 2:23 am

    OK!

  44. Larry Royovitz on June 29, 2021 at 2:23 am

    I know this is off topic and no, I’m not some weirdo perv. But pregnant ladies…there’s just something about them.

  45. Clem Griffiths on June 29, 2021 at 2:25 am

    What if I needed more height say 20 inches to match the patio door opening can I go 2 or 3 pavers high or more?

  46. Cookie Jenkins on June 29, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Not to sound sexist but ,why is a pregnant woman out there digging with a shovel,that’s so not good.

  47. Jose Rosas on June 29, 2021 at 2:27 am

    Is the lady in this video pregnant? Hard labor involved … nice work done!

  48. Sachs Gs250 on June 29, 2021 at 2:27 am

    So you have to buy some pretty expensive tools to do this lol…

  49. Scott Belanger on June 29, 2021 at 2:28 am

    this video is so wrong… had me cringing the whole time

  50. grant abramson on June 29, 2021 at 2:29 am

    The job came out fine but he doesn’t mention how many inches of rock or sand to put in. Other than that it looked fine. I do this for a living and that’s the only reason I’m bringing this up.

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