Monday, June 15, 2009


We've finally arrived at one of the more fun parts of installing a patio -- tonight we actually started laying the pavers.  

-- pavers are set on top of a 1-inch layer of sand

To get that one inch layer exact, DIY Guy had to screed the sand.
Don't feel bad, until the other day, I had never heard the word before either.
Here's the dictionary definition...

screed  (skrēd) n.  

    1. A strip of wood, plaster, or metal placed on a wall or pavement as a guide for the even application of plaster or concrete.
    2. A layer or strip of material used to level off a horizontal surface such as a floor.
    3. A smooth final surface of a substance, such as concrete, applied to a floor.

Those two white strips in the sand are really one inch thick pvc pipe.  We dumped sand between the strips and screeded the sand to a one inch thickness with a 2x4. Did you know a 2x4 is really 1.5 x 3.5 inches?  I'm full of all kinds of DIY information these days - it's like I'm married to a DIYer or something.

DIY Guy did the screeding, then started cutting a few pavers to line things up along the driveway perfectly.  While he cut pavers, Number one son started laying the pavers in a random pattern.

There are 3 different size pavers and we have to install them in a 3-2-2 ratio...which at first was frustrating and exhausting.  Then we developed a system...and it was smooth sailing...I mean paving.

All those years of building with Duplos and Legos developed a natural ability and skill for laying patio pavers.  Number One Son was truly amazing.  At times I could barely get the set of 2 large, 3 medium, and 2 small pavers to him fast enough.

We worked til dark tonight....which was about 9:30 pm.

DIY Guy asked the boy tonight if his back hurt from the work yesterday.  He said "no".  Oh for a young back again!  So much for 50 being the new 40!


  1. I am the son of a DIY guy... so what can I say -- I come by it honestly... plus I had a good mentor in NY who was a DIY... so if you're not a DIYer and you want to learn -- us DIYer types are full of answers -- so ask away... either that or we'll make stuff up -- lots of that going on here :)

  2. can't wait to see the finished product!

  3. that's amazing! they look like the same pavers we used in our walkout...we love it.

  4. Nate is gonna make someone such a good husband someday. Look at all the skills he's learning from his dad. (And he's such a great young man) Nice job guys!


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