Project of the month | B&Q
Spruce up your outside space with one of these two inspiring ideas from B&Q. Making a new patio or laying new decking are all easy to do if you have the knowledge and tools, so why not either log onto the B&Q YouTube page to get a step by step How To guide?
Or, you can grab a copy of the B&Q You Can Do It book. Alternatively, you can pop into one of 15 B&Q You Can Do It centres to be taught the skills from just £10 from an expert.
How to lay a simple paving patio
- Draw a simple scale plan of your garden so that you know exactly where the new paved patio will be
- Mark out where you want your patio to go using pegs and string. Ensure that the space is square by using a builder's square.
- Then, remove the turf using a spade.
- When digging remember to remove 125mm; 50mm for sub base, 50 mm for mortar and 25mm for the paving.
- It's best to dry lay the paving slabs to make sure you have the best pattern.
- When laying the sub base use a piece of wood and a hammer to knock it all into place to make it really compact. Then add 1cm of sand on top.
- Lay the cement on top of the sub base and then lay the paving slab on top, remember to use a spirit level to ensure its flat.
- Finish by mixing five parts sand to one part cement with a splash of water and fill in between the gaps in the paving. Leave to dry for 24 hours.
Creating a garden deck
- Remove 5cm of turf from the area with a spade.
- Create a square frame out of timber and run joists through the middle of it to support the decking.
- The joists need to run in the opposite direction of the decking and should be
- drilled into the frame no more than 400mm apart.
- When laying the decking, leave a gap of 3mm between the boards for rain water to drain away.
- Screw in each deck board onto the joist of the frame.
- Screw an extra deck board at the front of the decking to hide the frame.
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