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How to Navigate a Daunting DIY Paver Project [Video]

Have you ever wanted to look out your window at a beautiful paving stone patio, fire pit, or retaining wall? Kim’s family did, so they set out to build it themselves. Daunting? Sure. Doable? You bet. When Kim and her husband moved into their home in West Linn, OR, Kim described the backyard as a. . . Read More


How to Remove Efflorescence from Your Paving Stones

You work hard to make your hardscape look just the way you want. However, you may notice that sometimes your paving stones look a bit lighter or duller than usual. Likely, you’re looking at efflorescence. Let me explain. When you boil it down, paving stones are just small blocks of concrete. The thing is, concrete. . . Read More


How to Seal Paving Stones [Video]

Overview Difficulty: Easy Est. time: 1–4 hours Materials Sealer (SB-7700, SB-8700, or SB-9000) Tools Shop broom or blower Concrete sprayer Paint filter Large squeegee Paint roller Cardboard or another overspray blocker In this DIY with WI tutorial, we’re going to show you how to seal your paving stones after installation. Sealing is an essential step. . . Read More


How to Choose the Right Paver Color

When choosing to install pavers on your property, there are a handful of tough decisions. How do I want my hardscape to look? Which type of pavers should I use? Small stones or large slabs? Even once you’ve answered all those questions, the toughest decision is, “Which color will look the best?” There are so. . . Read More


Meet Murata: The Ultimate Retaining Wall System

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Want to accent your patio, retain a problem slope in your yard, contain soil, or build a fence to keep animals in or out? It sounds like you need a retaining wall. It’s easier than you think to build your retaining wall with our Murata™ retaining wall system. Keep reading to learn how. Why We. . . Read More


How to Build a Stone Grill Surround

How to Build a Stone Grill surround

Overview Difficulty: Easy Est. time: 1–2 hours Materials Wall blocks Capstones (La Lastra™ Large Square or Murata™ MC6060 Cappello) SEK Surebond SB-20 or another flexible construction adhesive Tools Work gloves Hand Broom Rubber mallet 24” level Carpenter’s square Tape measure Caulk gun Summer’s here and grilling season has begun. Most gas grills come with wings,. . . Read More


How to Build a Fire Pit [Video]

Overview Difficulty: Easy Est. time: 1–4 hours Materials Tegula 40” Fire Pit Kit ¾” minus gravel SureBond SB20 or other Flexible Construction Adhesive Marking paint (white) Tools Work gloves Wheelbarrow Pickaxe Shovel Garden rake Hand broom Tamper Rubber mallet Torpedo level 24-inch level Tape measure Caulk gun In this DIY with WI tutorial, we’ll be. . . Read More


How to Lay a Rotundo Stone Circular Patio [Video]

How to Lay a Circular Patio

Overview Difficulty: Moderate Est. time: 12 hours Materials Cobble Rotundo Stone Marking paint (white) Line level Geo-textile ¾” minus gravel Washed concrete sand 1” square (or round) metal tubing Plastic edge restraint 10” landscape spikes Dry sweeping sand Tools Work gloves Wheelbarrow Tape measure 24-inch level Rubber mallet Plate compactor Pickaxe or mattock Shovel Garden. . . Read More


How to Build Stone Columns

how to build a stone column

Overview Difficulty: 2 Cost: 4 Est. time: 3–4 hours Materials Wall blocks Capstones Landscape fabric ¾” minus gravel Flexible Exterior Grade Construction Adhesive Landscape stakes Marking paint (white) Tools Work gloves Wheelbarrow Pickaxe Shovel Garden rake Broom Tamper Rubber mallet Line level 24-inch level Carpenter’s square Tape measure Caulk gun So you want to build. . . Read More


Federal Highway Administration Tech Brief on Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement

We think that permeable concrete pavers are superior to other kinds of permeable pavements. Don’t just take our word for it though, read the new tech brief from the Federal Highway Administration. Download the brief here.