How to lay a patio

How to lay a patio

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50 Comments

  1. Dannyboy91 on May 28, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Never lay slabs on the old dot and dab method. The water gets in and they will start to rock. Lay them on a picture frame style full bed. This means when pointing you won’t have to ram the mortar into an empty cavity and also stops them rocking

  2. Haroon Rashid on May 28, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Really helpful with filling mixture thanks

  3. Smithy18 on May 28, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Dabs… hmmm no full bed and you will notice the spots when it rains! Also more liable to fracture if a heavy load goes over the top. Full bed or bust.

  4. Dane Skinner on May 28, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    6:07 you say make sure it’s level with the one before it. How can it be level with it if the patio has a fall in it? 🤷‍♂️

  5. david guiney on May 28, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Do you add a weed barrier?

  6. Jordan Sheppard on May 28, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Never spot, and 50mm is not enough sub base.

  7. Bill Blodger on May 28, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    I wouldn’t fancy laying 25mm thick paving slabs on anything other than a dry mix sand and cement bed. Drop something heavy on such a thin paving supported on five dabs and it’s likely to break it.

  8. ABE SuperKiteDay on May 28, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    I love going to B&Q and DIY projects. Great video. Thanks.

  9. The Hype on May 28, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Don’t forget to RAM it in there

  10. Siobhan Mcadam on May 28, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Guys can I buy ready mixed cement to use instead?

  11. John Cruz on May 28, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    What kind of cement did you use to mix with the sand for the fillers ?

  12. stevet419 on May 28, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    5 dabs? That’s a poor way to lay those slabs, perfect spot for ant runs etc plus only a matter of time till they start rocking 👎🏻

  13. Creepy Sleeps on May 28, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    I’m looking to just place pebbles down the side of my garden how deep will I have to dig into the ground will it be the same as this. If anybody can help thanks

  14. Echobas3 on May 28, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Can’t you just chuck them straight on the lawn?

  15. R W on May 28, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    didnt see the sand on the diagram

  16. Gary Arnold on May 28, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    I though 5 dollops or spots was a seriously bad idea? And I work with bikes lol

  17. James Johnson on May 28, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    What about the slabs being laid above the damp proof membrane?

  18. SeagreenSpiral on May 28, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    6:24 Well I’m blown away by that bit of advice; I dont know what I would have done without it.

  19. paul90079 on May 28, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Slabs are like women lay em right first time then you can walk over em for the rest of your life🤪

  20. David Hough on May 28, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Then slabs are all over the place 🙈

  21. Danyal Yasin on May 28, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Hopefully guna try this with your guide , thanks.

  22. ColdWaterThrower on May 28, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Pithy and well done.

  23. Mathew Carpenter on May 28, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Never spot lay always full beds u numpty 🙈🙈🙈 also prime the back of the stone roll on (sbr) or other primer .
    That patio is not going to last bottom line haha

  24. The One on May 28, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Good work. One thing that would’ve been more helpful. Could have done with better close ups preferably from above.

  25. Fribit LoveLoad on May 28, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Well spoken and explained calmly and perfect

  26. jay j on May 28, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Do you have to set a fall if you are away from the house ? Like in the middle of the back garden ? (3 meter paving circle) or will water gather on top if I don’t.

  27. Ruslan rustam on May 28, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Beutifull

  28. Mike Bucknill on May 28, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Dry lay is a savvy tip. Good lists and safety reminders.
    The "lists" are not easy to find….

  29. Coffee Addict on May 28, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    His accent irritates me a little bit.

  30. Alex on May 28, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    I’m going to be making a patio area this week. Could someone help me with something please? If I dig 125mm for the sub base, sand and pavers. Will I actually need to dig a little deeper to allow for compacting the sub base and sand? 🤔

  31. SilentLD on May 28, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    I’m no expert but at 06:50 the slab levels at wall look all over the place, as do the spacing of the slabs. Again, 5 dab method not suitable here. OK for wall tiles bearing no load.

  32. m p on May 28, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    DIY at its best 🤣

  33. Tom Ripley on May 28, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Best piece of advice: always do a dry lay before you commit. You can apply this to many areas of your life.

  34. Fire Up on May 28, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    6:13 Sharp Sand? I was told building sand is the sand you’re supposed to use.

  35. Roberto Confessore on May 28, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Great video, thanks. Do I have to take in consideration the level of the house’s damp proof?

  36. Mia Taylor on May 28, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    lmao "pathing is HARD work" 😈

  37. Web Surfer on May 28, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    There’s so many different ideas about how a patio should be done, most don’t mention cement, just sand compacted onto compacted type 1, then fine sand to fill joints?

  38. AAC on May 28, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    5 parts sand, 1 part cement BUT HOW MUCH WATER!

  39. Jay P on May 28, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    I’m no pro but I’m surprised that dot dabbed it. When I was younger working on construction sites that was considered a proper corner cutting method and open yourself up to a lot of problems down the road!

  40. Mark Durham on May 28, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Dot and dab…this bloke is a tosser.

  41. deana sophia on May 28, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    What about when there’s a drain there

  42. Charlie Sloan on May 28, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I’m gonna have a crack at doing my own now I know how

  43. Hung Fai Li on May 28, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks

  44. Ian Greaves on May 28, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Better leaving no joints is best because it always come out with frost

  45. Simon on May 28, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    5 cm mortar bed, is that before it’s compressed?

  46. 20mikegp on May 28, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Expert Advice? Spotting is NOT an acceptable method of laying slabs. Water and ants WILL undermine them and if they are natural stone when they get wet you will see an outline of the blobs on the surface.

  47. DMcG on May 28, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Hi, is a weed suppression layer not necessary?

  48. Deno Mayer on May 28, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    They should be layed in an opus Roman pattern!

  49. Reddylion on May 28, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Nice !

  50. Rebecca Salyers on May 28, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Smart video! Thanks

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