hdbluedeuce

02-26-2006, 10:49 PM

We began installing a paver patio this weekend and I need some advice. The total area will be about 700 sq. ft., at the longest point, the shape is about 23 feet and the widest point is about 30 feet across.

We began by finding our beginning elevations (patio has to tie into three given elevations; driveway, sidewalk to pool, and door to garage). We next figured our slope front to back and side to side to get our finished elevations around the perimeter. Next we used 4" metal edging (this will be the outside band/restraint for the pavers) and set this around the entire perimeter and established the correct elevations around the entire perimeter on top of the 4" metal edging. We then rough graded the interior area (inside of the edging perimeter). Pulling a string line from any point on the edging to another side we have anywhere from 3.5" - 4.5" from the string line (or top of the edging, which is the final grade) to the natural ground. Our pavers are approximately 2" thick.

Now for the main question, I want the final elevation of the base course (sand) to be 2" below the top of the metal edging, so that the pavers will sit flush or slightly higher than the metal edging. Since it is too far across from one side to the other to use a long 2"x4" to screed the base material to the finished elevation, what is the easiest way to do this?

Thanks for your help.

Deuce

We began by finding our beginning elevations (patio has to tie into three given elevations; driveway, sidewalk to pool, and door to garage). We next figured our slope front to back and side to side to get our finished elevations around the perimeter. Next we used 4" metal edging (this will be the outside band/restraint for the pavers) and set this around the entire perimeter and established the correct elevations around the entire perimeter on top of the 4" metal edging. We then rough graded the interior area (inside of the edging perimeter). Pulling a string line from any point on the edging to another side we have anywhere from 3.5" - 4.5" from the string line (or top of the edging, which is the final grade) to the natural ground. Our pavers are approximately 2" thick.

Now for the main question, I want the final elevation of the base course (sand) to be 2" below the top of the metal edging, so that the pavers will sit flush or slightly higher than the metal edging. Since it is too far across from one side to the other to use a long 2"x4" to screed the base material to the finished elevation, what is the easiest way to do this?

Thanks for your help.

Deuce