DIY Masonry Tips | Pavers
Posted on June 5th, 2017 by Devine Bros
Planning a DIY masonry job this summer? You can give an area or room a unique look by installing brick pavers! These stones are similar to construction bricks but thinner. The job is similar to installing tile. However, there are a few things you should know before laying those pavers yourself.
First things first, you’ll need to pick up a few supplies. Here’s a checklist of what you’ll need:
- Measuring Tape
- Rubber Grout Float
- Notched Trowel
- Short-Nap Roller
- Chalk Line
- Safety Glasses
- Wet Saw
- Thin-Set Mortar
- Brick Pavers
- Brick Sealer
Cut the Brick
When cutting your bricks, you’ll need to use a wet saw to achieve smooth edges. This tool utilizes a diamond-impregnated blade that’s cooled by water. — Pro Tip: For cutting precise square notches to accommodate irregular spaces, raise the brick as you push it towards the corner cut.
Prepare the Thin-Set Mortar
Up next it’s time to prepare the thin-set mortar. You’ll want the consistency to be that of toothpaste. Make sure to only mix what can be applied in 20 minutes time. This material can be quite dusty so mix it outside or in an area with good ventilation.
Apply the Thin-Set Mortar
Grab your notched trowel to begin spreading the mortar. To create a level bed, hold it at a 45-degree angle and create grooves to help hold the brick in place.
Lay the Brick
Start from the center and work your way out by pressing firmly on each brick and gently twisting them in each direction to ensure they are set securely in the mortar.
Sealer is important to make sure your pavers don’t absorb too much moisture from the grout. You can use a short-nap roller, a paint brush, or a sprayer. Once you’ve applied a coat, allow it to cure for at least 24 hours.
Once the sealer has dried completely, use the same method to apply the grout as you would for a tile floor. Using a rubber grout float, force as much grout as possible into the brick joints. Be sure to hold the float at a 45-degree angle to the grout lines.
After allowing the grout to cure, wipe away the excess material using a clean sponge. Rinse the sponge and repeat this until the all of the residue is gone.
If you live in Norwalk, Connecticut or the surrounding area and are looking for high-quality masonry supplies at a reasonable price, look no further than Devine Bros. We have a wide variety of masonry and landscaping products available for pickup or delivery — contact us today to learn more about our inventory: 203-866-4421.