You will need some stuff to create a beautiful flagstone patio. You'll need flagstone,
crushed gravel or decomposed granite, and gravel for landscaping. You'll also need
some tools like a flat dolly or hand truck, wheelbarrow, shovel, angle grinder, scrape two-by-four, bucket, hammer, sledgehammer, masonry cold chisel, tamper, bubble level,
measure tape, leaf blower, broom, leather gloves, and safety glasses.
Design your patio so it can get sunshine and shade at different times of the year. Make sure the
deck has a slope of 1/8 inch for every foot, so any water runs away from the house. Mark Utilities: Dig 5 inches to install the base of your patio. To connect to your local utility service, call 8-1-1. This service is free and will send someone to your property to mark the ground for underground utilities like electricity, water, and gas.
When you add gravel or decomposed granite to your yard, make sure it has the right slope. Place a two-by-four with a bubble level on top of the material. Check to make sure it is level and measure down one-eighth of an inch per foot or one-eighth of an inch for
every eight feet. Fill the wheelbarrow with half of the material and lay it down around the project area. Make sure it's spread out evenly with a depth of one inch. That way, your
yard will stay on the right track!
Start by finding the center stones and putting them together. Make sure they fit together without needing to be cut. If you do need to cut, use an angle grinder to mark a line, then put a two-by-four under the stone and use a sledgehammer to break it. The joints between stones should be a quarter to one and a half inches wide. Finally, place the heaviest flagstones around the edges to keep them from moving.
Polymeric sand is super helpful for your flagstone patio. You spread it on the flagstones until the cracks between them are about an eighth of an inch deep. Then use a leaf blower to remove any extra sand from the stones. If you want to make sure the sand is really secure, spray it lightly with water. Let it dry for 24 hours, then your patio will be ready to use!