How to Make Your Pavers Level

When installing a pavers patio, walkway, or driveway it is important to keep your pavers level. This will help with durability and creating a solid surface that your family can walk on without getting their foot caught and tripping. Follow these easy steps to keep your patio pavers level.


  1. 1
    Excavate. Before you can install pavers you need to excavate the area 6 to 8 inches (15.2 to 20.3 cm).
  2. 2
    Use a level. Take a large square rod and run it over the excavated area to ensure that it is flat and level. If you feel it rising and falling you will need to readjust the soil surface to make it even.
  3. 3
    Use a compactor. You can rent a compactor machine from your local hardware store. Run it over the ground to make sure that it is solid, flat, level and compacted.
  4. 4
    Lay your gravel base. Your gravel base goes on top of the excavated area and needs to be 4 to 6 inches (10.2 to 15.2 cm) deep. Run your rod over it again to make sure the base is level then compact it.
  5. 5
    Arrange your pavers. You can now arrange your pavers in the desired pattern and be as creative as you like.
  6. 6
    Compact your pavers. Use the compactor machine again and this time run it over the pavers to make sure they are compressed down into your base and that there is no breakage.
  7. 7
    Pour sand filler. The sand filler will help to hold the pavers in place and keep them from moving. Simply pour it on top of your pavers and sweep it in. Now your pavers should be level and won't move.

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