Follow these special techniques for removing sunken or dipped patio pavers and resetting them at the proper height. Make your patio perfectly smooth again.
Pry up the paver with a thin screwdriver, pounding on adjoined pavers to vibrate packed sand loose.
After a few years, paver block patios and walkways often develop low spots. However, these areas can be brought back up to grade with a few bags of sand, a length of pipe and a screed board.
First, remove the pavers from the low area. If they're packed in tight, use a screwdriver to lever the first paver out, levering each end a little at a time and tapping on surrounding pavers until you can pull out the paver (Photo 1).
Level a screed pipe using a screed board with a notch at one end 1/8 in. shallower than the depth of the pavers.
Make a screed board long enough to rest on the level pavers around it. Then notch the ends 1/8 in. less than the depth of the pavers. If the area is large or against the house or grass, set a screed pipe along one side and level it against the pavers you're matching. If you're trying to match a sloping walk, shim the level at the downhill end to match the slope (Photo 2).
Add sand to the low area, then level it by pulling the screed board along the pipe and the pavers.
Fill the low area with coarse, all-purpose sand, then screed it level (Photo 3). Use a trowel like a spatula around the edges to scrape away any excess sand.
Remove the screed pipe and set the pavers back, tapping them down level with a board.
Brush any old sand off the sides of the pavers, then set them back into place and drive them down until they're flush with the other pavers (Photo 4). Spread dry sand over the pavers, tamping and sweeping until the joints are completely full.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You'll also need a broom.
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