How to Reinstall a Brick Pathway

Brick pathway is an additional charm that you can add to the landscape of your garden or even the backyard. Besides that, it is also durable, practical, long lasting, plus it is also an environmentally friendly material that is easy for you to maintain and do repair works if whenever the need arises. Sometime the brick pathway can be damaged due to the growth of tree roots that managed to go up through the walkway. If there is too much moisture in within the area, it can also push the bricks out of its existing place. If this happens, you should replace a few bricks into the damaged area of the pathway so that it will look just like a new brick pathway. With a few tips, knowledge and some tools, you would be able to replace the brick pathway just in a few hours.

To reinstall a brick pathway, you need:

  • Margin trowel
  • Mason’s hammer
  • Rubber mallet
  • Protective glasses
  • Sand
  • Chisel
  • Replacement bricks
  • Level
  • Pressure washer
  • Hose with nozzle
  • Brickset

Reinstalling a brick pathway

How to Reinstall a Brick Pathway

  • The first thing that you need to do is to determine the actual sections of your pathway where the bricks have been damaged or shifted out of its original place.
    • Once you know which bricks to be replaced and leveled, make sure you count the number of new bricks that you need to purchase.
    • Also check whether some of the bricks can be reused again or not. This is because some of the brick might get damaged when you use chisel to remove them of your pathway.
    • It is recommended that you purchase some extra bricks to replace the damaged bricks and also for emergency cases if some of the bricks are damaged or cracked during you do the reinstalling task.

Bricks are used for adding an elegant touch to your pathway compared to using concrete or even asphalt. In addition, bricks also come with wide range of colors that can complement any type of color scheme used for your house.

  • Next step that you need to do is to use a chisel to work on the first damaged brick in order to make replacement with a new brick.
    • Then, you have to work one end of the brick to free it from the pathway before you lift it up away from your pathway.
    • Make sure that you remove any old mortar from the sides off the brick by using a chisel.
  • If you notice there is any tree root or other unwanted obstacle, you have to cut them or clear them away from the pathway.
    • You should add some sand if it is necessary in order to make the brick level together with the rest of the other bricks of your pathway.
    • If you want to adjust the height of your brick pathway, you can add or remove the sand beneath each of your brick pathway.
  • Replace each of the damaged bricks one at a time.
    • If it is necessary, you can use a mallet so that you can use some force on the bricks into the required place especially if it does not slip back easily into its original space.
  • In order for you to keep the pathway to maintain its level as you progress through the task, you need to use a straight edge or level.
    • In addition, you have to keep some sand to be easily accessible so that you can use it for the purpose of leveling of the bricks within your pathway.
  • If you notice there are any joints in between the bricks of your pathway, you need to fill them up by using the sand.
    • Make sure to keep the joints in an even size as possible so that you would be able to create stability and a symmetrical along with nice finished appearance.
  • By using the mallet, you need to tighten the rows of bricks.
    • This is to do some adjustments to the line bricks up from the outside inward.
  • Finally, you can hose or a pressure washer down your finished brick pathway so that you can wash away any of the loose sand as well as other residue.

    Always remember that whenever you want to reinstall a brick pathway,

    • Make sure that you wear safety glasses for protecting your eyes especially when you use a brickset to cut off the bricks. It will protect you against flying pieces of bricks that may get into your eyes.
    • If the need arises, you can also cut off the bricks by using a brickset. It is normally used for cutting bricks that you need to lay into odd spaces in order to round out your pathway and make the surface level.

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