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How to Remove and Replace a Paver

If you find yourself in a predicament where you need to replace a paver from the middle of your hardscape, it can feel daunting. As you can imagine, here at Western Interlock we’ve removed and replaced a few pavers. In this article, we will break down every step to get the job done so you can get back to enjoying your hardscape.

How to Remove and Replace a Paver

To properly remove and replace a paver, you’ll need one of three tools. 

  1. Paver-puller
  2. Two flathead screwdrivers
  3. Two sturdy putty knives

You may have one (or all) of these tools laying around. However, if you don’t, you might be wondering which tool you should acquire. That said, here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how to remove a paver using each of these tools.

With a paver-puller

To remove a paving stone with a paver-puller, simply place the two sides of the jaws on two sides of the stone’s joint lines. 

Paver puller

Once the puller is in the joints between the stones pull the handles away from each other to squeeze the puller’s arms against the stone. Next, pull straight up to release the stone from its place.

With screwdrivers

To remove a paving stone with two flathead screwdrivers, place the edges of the flatheads on each side of the stone. 

How to Remove and Replace a Paver

Next, pry the stone up by pushing the screwdrivers in an outward motion until you can grab the stone with one of your hands. Pull the stone out the rest of the way by hand.

With putty knives

To remove a paving stone with two putty knives, you are going to follow the same procedures as the screwdriver method (The difference with a putty knife compared to a screwdriver is that you have more surface area to grab onto the stone). Place the edge of the putty knives each on one side of the stone. 

Removing a paver

Next, pry the stone up by pushing the putty knives in an outward motion until you can grab the stone with one of your hands. Pull the stone out the rest of the way by hand.

Removed paver

Replacing a paver

To replace a paver (or pavers) use the click and drop method found in our How to Place a Paver article. 

Placing a paver

Make sure to hand tamp the stone(s) when finished relaying to ensure a compact fit with the base layers. Next, sweep in new joint sand to fill the joints between the stones and to create a bond between the pavers.

Now that you have removed and replaced your paver stone you are ready to continue enjoying your hardscape.

Take the hard out of hardscaping

Here at Western Interlock, we’re on a mission to take the hard out of hardscaping. That’s why we publish DIY tips, tricks, and step-by-step tutorials at DIYwithWI.com.

If you have any questions, you can visit our Paving Stone Display at our Manufacturing Facility in Rickreall, OR. Or, give us a call to our team of hardscape experts at 503-623-9084.


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