Laying patio pavers is one of the quickest and easiest ways to install patio flooring by yourself. Poured concrete slabs, brick, and natural stone patios do have their advantages, but patio pavers are so cost-effective and simple to work with that you can do the entire job by yourself. In just a few days, you’ll have a gorgeous patio for outdoor entertaining or just for enjoying your backyard in comfort.
Before You Begin
Buy pavers by the pallet and have them delivered to your home, as close to the patio area as possible. Concrete pavers come in many different colors and textures, some even simulating natural stone or brick. Pavers 18-inch by 18-inch or smaller are easier to handle.
The base material should be crushed rock, such as 3/4-inch minus construction gravel. The sharp edges and points of the gravel help the material compact well.
For sand, purchase coarse sand in bulk (enough to establish a 1-inch depth across the entire patio area). But the fine sand for sweeping between the joints can be purchased by the bag since so little of it is needed.
Moving large amounts of heavy materials can take a toll on your body. Use a wheelbarrow. When shoveling, lift from your legs, not your back. Keep in mind that base materials (crushed gravel) are heavier than dirt, so use only partial shovel loads.
Wear breathing protection. Frequently spray the area with water to keep the dust down.
Source: The Spruce