Lay a brick walkway by first cleaning and leveling the area. Then excavate the soil, install a border to keep the bricks in place, fill with a base and install the bricks.
A brick walkway makes a lovely addition to the outside of any home or garden area. By installing a good base underneath the bricks, the walkway will last for many years.
- Excavate the soil
- Fill with graded base
- Add sand
- Smooth out the path
- Install the side bricks
- Fill in the rest of the walkway
- Fill in the joints
- Check it after a week
Determine the length and width of the bath and mark off the area. Using a spade, dig out the first layer of soil. Dig until the soil changes color.
Fill with one to two inches of graded base. Spray the base with water and press down.
Compress the base to an even level. Repeat the process until the layer is around 3 1/2 inches below grade.
Add a layer of sand and using a spade, create trenches along the edges of the walkway. Fill the trenches with one-by-fours, pounding them into the ground until they are level with the grade.
Scrape the sand with a piece of wood to completely smooth out the surface.
Install the bricks along the edges of the path by laying the bricks on their edges and pounding in with a rubber mallet. Edge the walkway on both sides.
Lay the rest of the brick, tapping it in place with the mallet.
Shovel a layer of masonry sand or stone dust over the walkway. Spread it out using a large push broom until it evenly fills in the spaces between each brick.
Allow the bricks to settle for about a week and if necessary, refill any settled joints with masonry sand or stone dust.