A sidewalk made from bricks looks much more attractive than a concrete sidewalk. With a few tools and some time, anyone can install a brick sidewalk. Follow the instructions below to enhance your outdoor area with the beauty of brick.
You will need:
Step 1: Select the location for the sidewalk and dig a base for installation. Dig past top soil and remove items like roots and rocks that may cause warping. Dig at least eight inches deep.
Step 2: Put on the gloves and pack the sidewalk path with ¾-inch rock to create a sturdy foundation. Create a 3-inch deep layer of rock and rock dust, spreading it and packing it with the plate compactor. When you walk on the rock, it should feel like you are walking on concrete.
Step 3: Mark the desired height of the sidewalk with the laser pointer. Put a stake in the ground at each end of the area and run a string between the stakes to mark this height.
Step 4: Lay the sand, smoothing the surface with the plate compactor.
Step 5: Place a pipe into the sand just below the string. Use this to mark where the bottom of the brick will be laid. Press the pipe down and spread the sand until it is flush with the top of your pipe. Pull the 2×4 board along the surface to remove excess sand. Ensure that the surface is level and smooth. You can help the sand level by gently spraying water on it.
Step 6: Begin laying bricks, alternating them horizontally and vertically. Work down the sidewalk, slotting each brick against the one previously laid and placing it into the sand.
Step 7: After all bricks have been laid, spread sand on the entire sidewalk. Move the sand into any gaps between bricks, using the push broom. Clear away the excess sand with the broom. Spray water onto the bricks to settle the sand and keep the bricks in their place.