Paver Digging

daisylubob

Active member
Jun 1, 2020
30
Michigan
I got pavers for the legs and have started digging. Is there some sort of trick or method to dig a square and just enough dirt out, so its not too deep or too big? I dont want to put dirt back in....Using a square shovel, not a spade. Thanks.
 

Texas Splash

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I suspect you may have already gotten this done. But just in case case, there's no "one way" to install a paver. You can lay it down and score the ground to make an outline so that you know the size and position to dig. Digging down you do the best you can to have a uniform depth. If it's too lumpy, you can add some soil, sand, or small gravel as a base to level it out. In this scenario, it's not a perfect science. Just do the best you can.
 

phonedave

Well-known member
May 30, 2012
744
Montville NJ
Masonry tools can be used for soils too. :)

Seriously, if you get your hole within an inch with the shovel, use a masons trowel, margin trowel, or in a pinch a 3" putty knife to take out the rest of the soil. Much easier to take out small amounts and to keep things level.
 

phonedave

Well-known member
May 30, 2012
744
Montville NJ
Masonry tools can be used for soils too. :)

Seriously, if you get your hole within an inch with the shovel, use a masons trowel, margin trowel, or in a pinch a 3" putty knife to take out the rest of the soil. Much easier to take out small amounts and to keep things level.

Works good if you are setting pavers to walk on, as well.