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Do-It-Yourself Stair Step Landing

Stairstep Landing

Build an easy and attractive stair step landing using patio pavers.

Install Your Stair Step Landing

Step 1

Mark out the area below the steps to the desired size for the landing. Mark the area with spray paint or with stakes and string.

Step 2

Contact the local utility company to mark for any underground lines.

Step 3

Dig the area 6 inches deep to allow for the paver base, leveling sand and pavers.

Step 4

Dig out the area 6 inches wider on all sides than the marked area.

Step 5

Slope the surface away from the steps, ¼ of an inch for every 8 feet of distance.

Step 6

Install paver base to a compacted thickness of 4 inches. The paver base should be installed in 2-inch increments and compacted with a tamper.

Step 7

Lay two 1-inch outside diameter pipes on the paver base. Put 1 inch of leveling sand over the base. Even out the sand by dragging a 2-by-4 board over the pipes. Don't compact.

Step 8

Install pavers, or steppingstones, by laying them in the desired pattern. Make sure pavers are level. Tap with a rubber mallet to adjust pavers.

Step 9

Cut pavers if needed by using a wet saw or circular saw with a masonry blade.

Step 10

Install paver frame using spikes around the installation area. Make sure to use a trowel to remove the leveling sand down to the base. Install the paver frame by butting it tightly against the patio stones or pavers.

Step 11

Install polymeric sand by sweeping sand into the joints. Remove excess sand off the surface of the pavers. Gently spray using a fine mist to wet the polymeric sand. Repeat the misting process as needed.

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