Project Overview

Learn how to lay road base and prepare and area for paving. You’ll see how to calculate the volume of road base fill you’ll need. See how to install formwork around the area.  Then we’ll show you how to pack the base and level it. 
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How To Lay Pavers

Step by Step Instructions

1 Mark out the levels for the road base
2 Set up the formwork
3 Spread and level the road base
4 Compact the road base
  • Step 1. Mark out the levels for the road base

    Take your rake and level the area you want to pave. We are using an existing concrete verandah as a reference point. Mark this level along the wall to show the level the road base fill needs to come to. Take width by length by depth measurements and work out the volume of road base you need to fill the area.

  • Step 2. Set up the formwork

    Put formwork around the outer edges of the area to box it in. Lay the first edge of formwork in position and make sure it is straight, square and level. Attach the second edge to create a boxed area.  Hammer star pickets along the formwork and screw them to the timber to make sure it will stay in place.  

  • Step 3. Spread and level the road base

    Use the wheelbarrow to bring the road base into the area. Spread it out evenly using the rake. Use the spirit level to check it is level.  Use a hose to wet down the area. 

  • Step 4. Compact the road base

    Start compacting the base using the plate compacter. Take a couple of levels across the area to make sure the base is level and flat ready for paving.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Drill
  • Lump hammer
  • Measuring tools
  • Plate compacter
  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • Spirit level
  • Straight edge
  • Wheelbarrow

Materials

  • Formwork
  • Hex head and hex screws
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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