If you're looking to repair your pavers, you'll need a few essential materials to get the job done. Paving sand and polymer sand are essential for fixing sunken paving stones. You'll also need a lever, a shovel, and a rubber mallet. A straight 2×4 can also be useful for this task.
To begin, use a shovel to spread the stone dust in the area where you're working. Make sure it's level, using existing concrete borders as a reference if possible. Then, add more stone dust until it reaches the desired level when hit with a mallet. Once the stone dust is in place, pour some polymer sand over the cobblestones and use a broom to sweep it between the cracks.
For small areas, hit the pavers with a rubber mallet to help settle the polymer sand. For larger areas, an electric compactor is necessary. If some cracks are difficult to fill, use a flat, pointed shovel to excavate and remove the filling. In addition to these materials, you'll need topsoil and sand for spreading. A wheelbarrow is useful for both picking up debris and moving sand or dirt to the area where you want to place the pavers.
Concrete sand (also known as paver sand or backfill sand) should be spread out in a 1-inch layer on top of the garden fabric. If you're installing large pavers or want the best possible tools for your project, try using a high-quality, plastic-faced, rubber-faced mallet of 28 oz. To lift pavers, stick a screwdriver into an edge and gradually move it upward until it can be held with your hand. For each column, hit each cobblestone with a rubber mallet to compact the sand underneath. If you need to demolish existing concrete, cement or asphalt before placing new pavers, a Bobcat can take care of the job quickly. A wheelbarrow is essential for any self-made paving project since it's difficult to lift many pavers at once.
Whether you decide to install a paver yourself or hire a professional, it's important to understand the process. Paver repair is not an easy task but with the right materials and tools it can be done quickly and efficiently. Make sure you have all of the necessary materials such as paving sand, polymer sand, topsoil, sand, wheelbarrow and rubber mallet before starting your project. Additionally, if you need to demolish existing concrete or asphalt before placing new pavers, make sure you have access to a Bobcat. By following these steps and having all of the necessary materials on hand, you can ensure that your paver repair project will be successful.