Project Overview

Learn how to lay road base and prepare and area for paving. You’ll see how to calculate the volume of road base fill you’ll need. See how to install formwork around the area.  Then we’ll show you how to pack the base and level it. 
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How to lay pavers

Step by Step Instructions

1 Mark out the levels for the road base
2 Set up the formwork
3 Spread and level the road base
4 Compact the road base
  • Step 1. Mark out the levels for the road base

    Take your rake and level the area you want to pave. We are using an existing concrete verandah as a reference point. Mark this level along the wall to show the level the road base fill needs to come to. Take width by length by depth measurements and work out the volume of road base you need to fill the area.

  • Step 2. Set up the formwork

    Put formwork around the outer edges of the area to box it in. Lay the first edge of formwork in position and make sure it is straight, square and level. Attach the second edge to create a boxed area.  Hammer star pickets along the formwork and screw them to the timber to make sure it will stay in place.  

  • Step 3. Spread and level the road base

    Use the wheelbarrow to bring the road base into the area. Spread it out evenly using the rake. Use the spirit level to check it is level.  Use a hose to wet down the area. 

  • Step 4. Compact the road base

    Start compacting the base using the plate compacter. Take a couple of levels across the area to make sure the base is level and flat ready for paving.

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