staking a level line for edging on an asphalt driveway
Photo: Kolin Smith

Step 8: Stake a Level Line

Drive a stake at each end of the trench. Measuring from the driveway's surface, mark the desired height of the blocks above the asphalt on both stakes. Tie a mason's line to one stake at the marked line, pull it taut, and secure it at the mark on the other stake. For long or unevenly pitched driveways, place additional stakes at the midpoint and as needed along the trench's length, and tie the line to each one at the proper height. Repeat all steps for the other side of the driveway.
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    Tools List

    • chalk line
      Chalk line
    • dust mask
      Dust mask
    • ear muffs
      Hearing protection
    • 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
    • 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