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Do it Yourself Slate Stone Patio
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Slate is a natural stone that is durable, slip resistant and beautiful for an outdoor living area such as a patio. Slate will blend in with its outdoor surroundings, giving a natural look to the patio, and will last for years to come. It is not the easiest material to work with, however, and you will need an extra hand or two for the project. There is a variety of slate stones and tiles you can use, and most are inconsistent in size and very heavy, but you can do it with some help.

Instructions

Things You'll Need:

  • Slate (8-inch-by-16-inch tiles)
  • Shovel
  • Concrete
  • Concrete mixer
  • Tape measure
  • 4 two-by-fours
  • Wooden posts
  • Hammer
  • Gravel
  • Tamper
  • Mortar
  • Trowel
  • Grout
  • 2 sponges
  • Level
  • Broom
  1. Step 1

    Call your local utility company to have them check for any underground wiring in your desired work area.

  2. Step 2

    Place wooden posts at the edges of your desired patio area and tie a string around the outside to mark your border.

  3. Step 3

    Purchase your slate stones from a landscaping or home improvement store. For a 10-by-10-foot area, buy approximately 115 slate tiles.

  4. Step 4

    Excavate a 6-inch deep hole within the perimeter of your building area.

  5. Step 5

    Install the two-by-fours along the outer border of the entire area. Use a hammer to tap each of the two-by-fours into place.

  6. Step 6

    Layer 2 inches of gravel on the bottom of the building area. Use a rake to smooth out the gravel over the entire surface.

  7. Step 7

    Compact the gravel with a hand tamper.

  8. Step 8

    Mix the concrete using a concrete mixer (which can be rented from a home improvement store) and pour on top of the gravel in a 3-inch thick layer. Smooth out the concrete by dragging a two-by-four along the surface several times until you have a smooth, uniform layer. Let the concrete dry for at least 12 hours.

  9. Step 9

    Mix your mortar and apply a thin layer, starting from the center of the building area. Spread the mortar with a trowel.

  10. Step 10

    Set your slate stones one at a time on top of the mortar and secure them into place. Leave 1/4 inch of space between the stones, using spacers if necessary. Let the mortar dry overnight once all the tiles have been set.

  11. Step 11

    Mix the grout and apply to the spaces between the slate stones using a sponge and water. Use a separate wet sponge to wipe away excess grout. Let the grout dry overnight before walking on it.

  12. Step 12

    Use a broom to sweep the surface and then rinse it with a hose.

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