Flagstone installation day one

***If you need to install your stone in sand, then go here.*** This tutorial is for laying your stone in cement.

Tools and Supplies Needed for Flagstone Installation

Day One

1. Masonry Saw and Chipping Chisel for cutting in stone (If you don't know how to cut stone click "Flagstone Cutting." )

2. Tuck Pointer for adjusting stones when the stones are laid down on the concrete.

3. Broom for sweeping the foundation.

4. Flagstone! It should be about 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" thick.


I always think it's good to see the "light at the end of the tunnel" first, so you know what your hard work will pay in the end. Here are some examples of outcomes:

But before you look at the pictures below, check out Chris's pictures and his story. He was able to lay a great patio by using this free tutorial.  

You can accomplish this if you follow the directions carefully. It will naturally take you longer than us (The benefit of doing it for over thirty years.), but everything that we do is explained here.

We hope you enjoy yourselves!!

Let's Get Started!

Now that we have the flagstone Today is about lifting and cutting the stone in. We are going to dry lay the stone.


Sweep the concrete pad

where you are laying the stone. If needed, wash the pad with water if there is mud or a lot of dirt. You have to make sure the pad is clean so the concrete will stick to the pad and stone.

Lay the Stone

on the pad with different varieties. You don't want a bunch of 1X2 stones or some other size clumped together. Make sure you have a nice blend of the different sizes all over the pad. If you are laying irregular stone, make sure you vary the big ones from the little ones.

Just make sure you mix the stone up-even if that means more cuts. You'll be thankful later.

Make sure that the joints

between the stone are roughly the same size. I say roughly, because we are dealing with stone. It is not tile.

DON'T worry if the joints are not completely the same. If the joints are within 1/4" to 1/2" of each other, you will be fine--especially if you are dealing with irregular stone. Different size joints are part of the charm of irregular stone.

The mortar between the joints will hide or blend very nicely the differences in joint size. So, don't sweat it if the joints are not exactly the same size apart!!!

Day One

is about laying the pattern and dry laying the stone in. You will be cutting and lifting. Not too technical! That will come on Day Two.

Now, of course if you have a small job, go on ahead and start with Day Two. Day One and Day Two can many times be combined.

However, Day 2 and Day 3 cannot be combined because the Portland Cement must dry one day between Day 2 and Day 3.

Day 2

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