Installing Thin Brick Pavers

What You'll Need
Brick pavers
Mason's sand
2x4 board
Tape measure
Landscaping fabric
Rubber mallet

Thin brick pavers can be used in a number of different outdoor applications. Installing them yourself will require quite a bit of work. However, it is a simple process that can be done by anyone that is willing to do it. Here are the basics of how to install thin brick pavers. 

Step 1- Measure the Area

The first thing that you need to do is measure the area that you plan on covering. Take your tape measure and get the length and width of the space. Take the length and multiply it by the width to get the square footage of the space. You should then add about 5 to 10% for waste. This should tell you exactly how many brick pavers you need to purchase. 

Step 2- Plan the Space

Once you have area measured that you are going to cover, come up with a plan for the space. Draw a rough sketch of the pattern or design that you want to make with the brick pavers. Having a picture in your mind will help you throughout the entire process. You can make adjustments as you go to make it closer to what you have pictured. 

Step 3- Set the Boundaries

Once you have a plan, set the boundaries of the space. Use some stakes and string to put up an outline. Put the string a few inches outside of where you plan to put the pavers. 

Step 4- Excavate the Soil

Once you have the boundaries set, you need to excavate the soil. Use the shovel to dig up the top layer of grass and soil. Make sure that all of the roots and rocks are taken up and you are left with a smooth surface. You should dig down about 6 inches.

Step 5- Install Gravel Bed

Fill the space that you just excavated with gravel. You should make the gravel about 4 inches thick. This will provide a solid base for the pavers and allow proper drainage. 

Step 6- Create Edging

Dig a narrow trench around the gravel bed and insert a row of bricks laid end-to-end. This will create the border of the space. 

Step 7- Install Weed Barrier

If you want, you can now install a weed barrier with landscaping fabric. 

Step 8- Install Sand

Cover the gravel with a layer of sand. The sand layer should be about 2 inches thick and perfectly smooth. Once you get enough sand in there, use a 2x4 and a level to make sure that the surface is completely smooth and even. 

Step 9- Lay the Brick Pavers

Press the brick pavers firmly into the sand and cover the entire space. Use a rubber mallet to tap them down. Use a level to make sure that the surface is even as you go.

Step 10- Fill the Joints

After the pavers are in place, fill the joints between them with more sand. Sweep it into the joints and make sure that everything is solidly in place.