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

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.

Tools I Use (affiliate links):
Tool Belt:
IsoTunes Xtra:
Hand Compactor:
Nerax Chisels:
Pull Saw:
Coping Saw:
Marking Knife:
Marking Gauge:
Layout Calipers:
Diamond Sharpening Stones:
12000 Grit Wetstone:
Flattening Stone:
Honing Stop:
Glue Bot:
1/8″ Chisel:
Titebond TiteWrap:
Mirka 6″ ROS Sander:
SuperMax 16|32 Drum Sander:
10 Million Dollar Stick:
Moisture Meter:



Tom Livermore says:

Tyler being outside and creative โœ…
The two tiered flower beds โœ…โœ…
The awesome patterned paving and sand sweeping, finished project โœ…โœ…โœ…
The kids helping you and your daughterโ€™s dance to your music โœ…โœ…โœ…โœ…โœ…
Great video, also the headlamps โœ…โœ…

I Enjoy Creating Videos says:

Beautiful work on the paver patio Tyler! Thanks for sharing the video.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ŽJP

Kuu Phone says:

Gear Ties are great, my SO absolute loves them. What's better though is the gear cord you can cut. It's basically the same thing but you get a roll of it and you can cut them to whatever length you want. Much cheaper and I love having a roll around.

I know you got those from a sponsor, but I'd definitely say try the cord.

A Glimpse Inside says:

Tyler everything looks amazing brother. Here come the comments thoughโ€ฆ You shouldโ€™ve done this or shouldโ€™ve done that. All constructive feedback is exactly that constructive. I know you know that. I just want to pop in and say excellent job my friend

Stamatis T says:

Tyler you did a FANTASTIC job there!! Awesomely done buddy ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Larry Potts says:

great little helpers and nice looking patio

uKNOWuLIKE that says:

nice job on the patio

Sewcialite Crew says:

Beautiful work!

Bobby Slack says:

Great job. Semper Fi!

Mike Weckesser says:

why didnt you use polymeric sand instead of play sand?

coopaloop727272 says:

What's the easiest way to slope it?

TheFalconJetDriver says:

Thanks for posting Tyler! Good job in my opinion, but who am I? Oh the 100th person to comment! ๐Ÿคช

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