Laying Flagstone can be a little tricky and surprisingly, there are many so called "professionals" who don't know what to do.My Dad and I just did a repair job on some steps last week and we were shocked of how bad these "professional" installers did. Hopefully some of these tips will help you with installing or making sure that a professional installer does the job right.
By the way, if you are laying flagstone for yourself, you might want to check out our page on flagstone installation. You'll have all the information you need to install yourself.
The first thing that you should never do or let a contractor do is put a cut edge to the outside.
The job we just did was too thin and it was hollow underneath.
Make sure to not leave any pieces or old cement in the cracks.
Sweep it out or you'll have the joints bust up on you later.
Do not tuck in too lightly. That will also cause the cement to bust out later.
And don't forget to sponge and polish the joints real well. If you hire somebody, make sure there is no cement left on the stone. It takes a little longer, but it is well worth the effort.
And it is not recommended to kneel too long on your bare knees. Those knees might feel the pain later. Get some nice knee pads and you'll feel better.
Check out Hans's Knee Pads. For 71 years old, he can still tuck, lay, and do all the things he needs with his knees.
Hope these tips can save you a few bucks. If our last customer would have known these few things, they would have had a much better looking flagstone sidewalk.
We also made a free video where we show you how to grout flagstone.
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