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How to install stone flags

Whilst for some people the prospect of laying down a stone flag path or driveway might seem like daunting prospect, the procedure is actually not very complicated. Once you have got your paving ideas planned, the next step is to lay the stone flags. This article will give you instructions on how to install stone flags.

Step one

Ensure that all of your materials are close to the work area and are on dry ground. Then, mark out the paving area that you have planned. Use string and pegs to mark a line around the perimeter to help you in achieving an even finished surface. Remove all plants and any other vegetation along with the top soil.

Step two

Flatten the ground and be sure that it is nice and firm. To do this, use a recommended sub base material to a depth of about 12 cm. This needs to be compacted to a depth of
9 cm.

Step three

Prepare your mortar as recommended by the manufacturer - six parts of sand to one part cement should be fine. The bed of mortar needs to be at least 2.5 cm. Make sure that you only lay an appropriate amount of mortar that is, enough mortar to work with. This is to ensure that it does not cure too soon.

Step four

Lay the flags from a variety of different packs. This will give a far better effect in terms of colour and texture. If you have to handle large slabs whilst paving, then it always advisable to have help from someone. This will prevent possible injury.

Step five

As you lay the paving flags, tap them down with a rubber mallet. In this way, they will have a firm bedding. The use of a spirit level will come in handy in this procedure. This will help you to ensure that the flags are nice and flat.

Step six

Once that you have completed laying your paving, leave it to set and do not use it for at least 24 hours. If the weather forecasts rain during that time, then ensure that the area is covered for the duration of the period.

Step seven

Finally, you will need to point the joints. This needs to be performed on a dry day and with a mixture of four parts of washed sharp sand and one part cement. Be sure that you mix this thoroughly before using it.

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