Step 1: Establish the Grade

using a stake and mason line for a fixed reference for pavers' height in stepping stone path
Photo: Kindra Clineff
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Drive one stake next to the path's starting point and another a few feet beyond its end. Tie a mason line around the first stake where it touches its connecting surface—a patio, in this case. Pull the string to the other stake and tie it off about 1/2 inch above grade. Now you have a fixed reference for the pavers' height.
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