Step-by-step: how to build an instant patio

Use these photos and instructions to finish it in a weekend

Instant patio step 2
Thomas J. Story

Step 2

2. Pour six bags of sand evenly over the soil to about 5 inches beyond the gypsum mark. Smooth it with the edge of one of the 2-by-4s, then tamp it evenly to firm.

Spray with a fine mist from the hose, then tamp it again into a layer about 2 inches thick.

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