Step 6: Tamp

tamping the permeable-pavers with a plate compactor for a new driveway
Photo: William Wright
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Sweep the surface clean, then run a plate compactor diagonally over the entire driveway. The machine's vibrations pack the pavers firmly into the bedding layer and lock them in place. Refill joints that have settled deeply, and compact again. Now your driveway is open for business, rain or shine.
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    Tools List

    • backhoe
      Backhoe
    • trenching shovel
      Shovel
    • iron rake
      Rake
    • plate compactor
      Plate compactor (rented)
    • circular saw
      Circular saw with blade for cutting concrete
    • mason's line
      Mason's line
    • garden stakes
      Wood stakes
    • steel pipe (2-inch diameter)
      2-inch-diameter steel pipe
    • 2x4
      8-foot-2x4 for screeding

    Shopping List

    Washed crushed stone ASTM No. 2, No. 57, and No. 8 aggregate

    Permeable pavers

    Concrete or hard-plastic edging to hold pavers in place