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

Use these photos and instructions to finish it in a weekend

Instant patio step 3
Thomas J. Story

Step 3

3. Place the center paver on the sand base. Working from the center outward, set down the bricks (follow the pattern), tapping them into place with the mallet and butting them together as tightly as possible.

Spread three bags of sand evenly over the surface of the finished paving, let it dry if wet, then sweep the sand into the joints between bricks. Mist lightly with the hose. Add sand until joints are full.

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