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Question DetailsAsked on 6/26/2012

Is a stone walkway easy to do yourself?

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Depends - do you mean native flats (stone) or pavers/bricks? It's possible to work native flats without specialized equipment (plate compactor, edging strips, etc..). It also depends on how much you like manual labor. It's not easy - lots of bending, lifting, shifting of stones to get it right.

We work native flats all the time and my crew is mostly women, so it's doable by a motivated non-professiional.

Answered 8 years ago by Labour of Love


I recently had someone prepare the area for a walkway, after a neighbor gave me a pile of large (14"x14"?) pebbled concrete paving stones she was not going to use. The trick is to make the ground level. I did NOT want something I might trip over. My Helper used a combination of a pickaxe and a shovel to lower the existing dirt pathway by a couple of inches. He had to remove one old root and what turned out to be quite a bit of dirt. If you're young and strong enough (I am not!) you could do it yourself.

The young, strong man who did this for me has done a lot of similar work. If this is your first attempt, be sure that the ground is reasonably and consistently level, AND that any potential flow of water will run AWAY from any nearby structure.

My walkway (about 15' x 3.5') looks fantastic! Not too bad for $75!

If you're talking about flagstone, yes, you can do it yourself. For advice, call my neighbor, who spent at least 6 weekends on a project he thought would take a couple of days. Better to hire someone who knows what they're doing. You can always work with them, ya know!

Answered 8 years ago by Oleron

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