Unlimited parking space

How-To with The VALiens: Building an unlimited parking space

Step 1: Find An Unlimited Space

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools: string stakes pavers rated for motor vehicles shovel trowel wheel barrow vibratory plate compactor interlocking gravel washed sand level 2×4 concrete saw plastic pave edge spikes hammer silica or polymeric sand
broom mister safety goggles ear protection garden hose
nozzle with fine spray setting

Step 3: Mark the Parking Area

Buy pavers rated for motor vehicles. Standard paver thickness is about 2 3/4 inches.

Start by marking the parking area with string and stakes. Sizing the space to conform to whole numbers of pavers will save a lot of sawing.

Park your vehicle in the space to make sure it fits.

Step 4: Dig the Foundation and Add Gravel

Dig the foundation. You’ll need 3 inches for gravel, 2 inches for sand, plus the height of the paver, plus 1/4 inch. The working level of pavers should be 1/4 inch above the existing driveway.

Line the foundation with landscaping fabric. Spread a 3-inch layer of gravel on top of the fabric. Use a vibratory plate compactor to pack down the gravel.

Use a carpenter’s level and a 2×4 to level the gravel.

Step 5: Add the Sand

Put down 2 inches of washed sand. Use the level and 2×4 to level the sand.

The surface of the sand should be below the driveway level a distance equal to the width of the pavers minus 1/4 inch.

Step 6: Lay the Pavers

Lay a row of ‘soldier’ pavers around the outer edge. The edge row can be perpendicular to the running pattern.

Starting at the driveway edge, lay the pavers. Use a staggered, running bond, basket weave or herringbone pattern. Fit together the pavers as tightly as possible.

Use a concrete saw to cut partial pavers.

Do not step into or disturb the sand while you lay pavers.

Step 7: Install a Pave Edge

Install a pave edge around the pavers, securing it with spikes pounded into the ground.

Sweep silica or polymeric sand into the joints

— taken from diynetwork.com —

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