How can I fix sunken patio stones in my backyard? Is there some kind of filler I should add on top?

patio_stones_steve_maxwell

Sinking patio stones and paving bricks are a common problem in Canada because the freezing and thawing temperatures we get cause more soil settling than experienced in frost-free regions. Regardless of the cause, the solution is the same:

  • lift the stones
  • add sand
  • compact it
  • then replace the stones

It’s a trial and error process, especially as you’re getting used to the task, but it does work well. The trick is getting the first stone lifted when you can’t get your fingers underneath. A metal coat hanger bent to 90º makes a good tool for lifting paving stones, though you’ll usually need something stronger for raising the larger patio stones. A small pry bar with a thin tip is useful for lifting stones, too. Be sure to compact the sand as much as you can before replacing the stones, to avoid future settling.

Learn More Every Saturday!

FREE weekly tips and advice to make your home work better, whether it’s a rural homestead or a place in the city.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Just want to say how much I enjoy your Saturday morning newsletters and website. The content is always excellent... - FL

Thanks so much for the terrific work you do, and the outstanding resource you provide. - KS

Your videos are outstanding! Very instructive, and animations and your speech really helps to get the messages! - DB

Baileylineroad is supported in part by advertising. If you can't see the ads below, please consider turning off your ad blocker when visiting our site, or subscribing to our newsletter. Thanks for visiting!
0 Shares
Tweet
Share
Share
Pin