The Perfect Patio Base
You will need:
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- Mark your patio site out with pegs and string
- Remove topsoil
- Excavate the area about 6 inches deep, sloping slightly away from the house to allow for draining
- Compact the soil
- Add your aggregate or sub base to the area, spreading evenly
- Compress the area
- Check for any sinkholes that may require extra aggregate to ensure a level patio
- Prepare cement (5 parts sand, 1 part cement and water), your cement should have a doughy consistency (Tip: To check the consistency of your cement, form the cement into a snowball – the mix should retain its shape when released)
- Cement a corner of your area, about the size of your paving stone
- Carefully lower the paving stone into the corner, ensuring not to slide the stone into the cement and place it firmly into the corner
- Continue adding cement and paving stones to the area, frequently checking the stones are flat and even with a spirit level
- Leave the slabs and cement to set for 24 hours
Remember:When dealing with cement, you need to wear the right protective clothing to prevent cement burns and other injuries.