Step 10: Install the First Run of Blocks

pounding in the edging block with a rubber mallet
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Set the first block in place, wiggling it into the concrete slightly until it's level and sits against the edge of the driveway. Tap the block with a rubber mallet until its top is even with the height of the level line. Repeat for the remaining blocks in the first section, making sure they're flush with the level line and one another.
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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