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...
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!