Laying Pavers & Finishing

Most projects begin with marking the edges and laying a soldier course of bricks or pavers. Once the edges are set, laying field courses goes quickly.

Seams in a running-bond pattern are offset by a half-brick. As seams “catch up” to each other on curves, inserting a cut paver resets the pattern.

For many curves, the author lays the pavers beyond the line of the curve and cuts them in place.

To create clean borders for inlays, all field pavers are set and compacted, then the pattern is cut out.

Mortar trowelled along the edge of the soldier course serves as an edge restraint. The author has found that this detail holds up well to freeze-thaw cycles.

Mason sand swept across the finished surface fills the joints between pavers.

Though it should be installed in bone-dry conditions, wetting polymeric sand in place initiates a reaction that turns it into a flexible mortar. On some materials, however, it can leave a visible haze.

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