When laying a paver patio, driveway, or walk, it’s important to start with a good foundation of crush stone to prevent settling over time.

After the crushed stone base has been raked and leveled, use a mechanical plate compactor to compact the crushed stone to prevent any future settling.

Next, level a layer of sand on top of the crushed stone, then lay the pavers. Finally, sweep sand into the cracks between the pavers and run the compactor over the area again to make sure the sand fills the gaps between the pavers.

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If you’re creating an outdoor surface with pavers to improve your home, you want to do it right. That means starting with a solid foundation of crushed stone base material.

Once the base is in place and graded smooth, it should be compacted with a mechanical plate compactor to prevent future settling. After the sand and pavers are added, run the compactor over the area again to ensure that the sand completely fills the space between the pavers.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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