Mark Fuss: Hi! I am Mark Fuss. I'm the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nicolock Paving Stones and Retaining Walls. And in this segment, we're going to talk about the excavation of the soil for your project.
Before you dig, make sure that any utilities are clearly marked so you can work around them. And most municipalities offer a toll-free service to help you do this.
You're going to dig down 7-15 inches depending upon whether it's a vehicular or a pedestrian application. Take into account that the finish grade has to slope away from the house or any structures to make sure that the water drains free from the project.
After you've dug the material out, you'll need to compact that soil with a plate compactor. And let's move on to the next step which is the installation of the base material and the compaction.