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Old 08-24-2009, 08:33 AM
 
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Anyone have any rough idea on price per sq ft to have pavers installed? We have a small strip about 3 x 24 ft we need to replace grass with pavers as dog is digging it up. Want to keep it basic so nothing fancy
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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I would do it myself. I had an area at the bottom of the stairs from my deck that is about 14x4 and it took me half a day to install.
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest (New Light area)
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A good estimate would be $11-$15 per square foot, everything included.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:09 AM
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This would be a good weekend project. Really you could probably do it in one day if you were motivated enough. I'd do it myself.

http://www.hgtv.com/home-improvement...tio/index.html

You don't have to be as detailed as they are in the above link, but it helps in the long run.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:22 AM
 
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Make sure the installers use polymeric sand to "lock" the pavers together. It works much better than just normal sand.

Frank
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:25 AM
 
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thanks for the tips. DIY is an option but you have no idea how bad I am at this stuff. I struggle to put a shelf up without nearly killing myself and destroying the room!
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Originally Posted by ma91pmh View Post
thanks for the tips. DIY is an option but you have no idea how bad I am at this stuff. I struggle to put a shelf up without nearly killing myself and destroying the room!

It's all about sound advice, patience, and mostly confidence. There's no deadline, hopefully no witnesses, and you can always go back and remedy a boo-boo.

I often let myself get defeated by stuff I don't understand so I'll do the easy thing and try to buck you up.

Your buddies here on C-D KNOW you can do it, and for less $$!!
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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If you decide to do it yourself and have a relatively straight path - I think I've seen "trays" that hold the pavers in place at the big box retailers. I've never used them, but they make it look a lot easier ..

Frank
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:17 PM
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Contains a materials list:
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=howTo&p=Improve/BrickPatio.html
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Creedmoor
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Why the concept is not hard to grasp, it is labor intensive and certain tools and materials are a must. You must use a plate compactor before and after placing the pavers. Do not use sand on top of the gravel, use rock screening - ground up rock that looks like sand but compacts much better. Use polymeric sand on top of the pavers to lock them in and after sweeping it in, you must run a plate compactor over it and then reapply more polymeric sand and compact again. If you have rounded edges or a raised edge and are using stone caps, a good paver saw is essential - especially on any curves or rounded edges that require cutting. The other essential part is getting the grade right - a quarter bubble away from the house for proper drainage - and a perfectly level surface(otherwise water will pool). We have installed many patios for various clients and without the proper tools it would not be a professional or easy as one might think. I have also had to go in behind DIYers and fix their mistakes.
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