Introduction

belgian blocks lining the edge of a driveway
Photo: Kolin Smith
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An asphalt driveway often looks a little ragged around the edges, especially after a season's worth of snow, salt, and shoveling. Adding a neat row of Belgian block stones to each side will boost its curb appeal (no pun intended) while also providing a clear visual aid as you back out or pull in. As This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers demonstrates, installing the blocks requires just a few basic tools and a rented saw for cutting through the asphalt. (A little muscle for lifting the blocks helps too.) Plant colorful flowers beside the edging when the weather warms up and you'll love how this project makes your whole front yard feel more spiffy.

Shown: 11x7x4 Belgian block stones, around 4$ per block at stone yards.

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    Tools List

    • chalk line
      Chalk line
    • dust mask
      Dust mask
    • ear muffs
      Hearing protection
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • concrete saw
      Concrete saw (Rents for about $50 a day from The Home Depot)
    • trenching spade
      Square-tip spade
    • brick set
      Brick set
    • maul
      Maul
    • mason's trowel
      Mason's trowel
    • mallet
      Rubber mallet
    • push broom
      Push broom

    Shopping List

    1. Nails Make sure they're at least 3 inches long

    2. Standard Concrete Mix such as Quikrete

    3. Belgian block stone Available at stone yards in a variety of sizes and shapes 4. Mason's Line to align the blocks It won't stretch or sag like regular string

    5. Stakes

    6. Paver Base Also known as stone dust

    7. Flowers and plants for landscaping