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brick walkway: do-it-yourself?

brick walkway: do-it-yourself?
Posted by Jessica from Houston, TX on 2001-03-20 12:39:08

I am thinking about sectioning part of
my yard for my two huskies. For that I
need to remove the lawn and put in brick
walkways. I don't have any money to hire
professionals to do it, can I do it
myself?
  • Depends...
    Posted by Jerry from St. L. 5b on 2001-03-20 12:40:43

    I guess it depends on your idea of hard
    work ....
    Yes, you can do it yourself, but to do
    it properly, it can entail a lot of hard
    work. The soil needs to be removed a min
    of 6-8" with gravel and sand added to
    form a stable base. The sod removal is
    the toughest part - anything more than a
    few sq yds may easily take an afternoon.
    The more clay in your soil and the more
    weeds and grass roots, the more
    difficult removal will be.
    • Another step
      Posted by Kimm from 4/5 on 2001-03-20 12:41:52

      Quoting Jerry: ------------
      -I guess it depends on your idea of hard
      -work ....
      -Yes, you can do it yourself, but to do
      -it properly, it can entail a lot of
      hard
      -work. The soil needs to be removed a
      min
      -of 6-8" with gravel and sand added to
      -form a stable base. The sod removal is
      -the toughest part - anything more than
      a
      -few sq yds may easily take an
      afternoon.
      -The more clay in your soil and the more
      -weeds and grass roots, the more
      -difficult removal will be.

      You will also need a soil tamper after
      you get the "base" installed which can
      be a manual type (fairly inexpensive) or
      a gasoline engine driven type (pretty
      expensive) and when you set the bricks.
      The tamper is needed for stability of
      the walk, installing a brick walk
      without tamping can easily result in
      uneven settling and loose bricks that
      could cause sprained ankles.
      • Brick walks, etc.
        Posted by Ashley from Arizona on 2006-01-19 01:54:00

        I saw it suggested that you should tamp a brick walk. A good idea. I saw a proffesional do it. He used a piece of plywood over the bricks. This both protected the bricks and helped make the walk flatter.
      • Brick walks, etc.
        Posted by Ashley from Arizona/5 on 2006-01-19 01:54:00

        I saw it suggested that you should tamp a brick walk. A good idea. I saw a proffesional do it. He used a piece of plywood over the bricks. This both protected the bricks and helped make the walk flatter.
      • Brick walks, etc.
        Posted by Ashley from Arizons on 2006-01-19 01:53:00

        I saw it suggested that you should tamp a brick walk. A good idea. I saw a proffesional do it. He used a piece of plywood over the bricks. This both protected the bricks and helped make the walk flatter.
      • Brick walks, etc.
        Posted by Ashley from Arizons on 2006-01-19 01:53:00

        I saw it suggested that you should tamp a brick walk. A good idea. I saw a proffesional do it. He used a piece of plywood over the bricks. This both protected the bricks and helped make the walk flatter.
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