How hard is it to build a 10 x 10 brick patio? Need suggestions...

I have a yard that had tough growing grass, and am considering a brick patio...Tell me if I am in the ballpark here...
Dig a 10 x 10 hole with a shovel, 12-15 inches deep. Tamp it down level. Lay fabric/tarp so the weeds don't come through. Lay a base of sand, a couple of inches deep. Lay crushed stone, a few inches deep. Put down the bricks. sweep more sandbetween the bricks to keep them from moving.
Is this about right? How many bags of sand and stone will I need? (I know I need 100 1x1 bricks.)
Do I need to border the thing to keep it from expanding?
I would like to do this for a few hundred bucks...Am I in the ballpark?
Thanks,
Bluesman
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I have a yard that had tough growing grass, and am considering a brick patio...Tell me if I am in the ballpark here...
Dig a 10 x 10 hole with a shovel, 12-15 inches deep. Tamp it down level. Lay fabric/tarp so the weeds don't come through. Lay a base of sand, a couple of inches deep. Lay crushed stone, a few inches deep. Put down the bricks. sweep more sandbetween the bricks to keep them from moving.
Is this about right? How many bags of sand and stone will I need? (I know I need 100 1x1 bricks.)
Do I need to border the thing to keep it from expanding?
I would like to do this for a few hundred bucks...Am I in the ballpark?
Thanks,
Bluesman
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Bluesman wrote:

The depth you need depends on the soil conditions 12-15 is on the high side, but good.

You will want the fabric higher up than ground level.

You got those two backwards. Gravel first, well compacted (use several strong highschool/college boys or a mechanical vibrator-tamper) Then the final two or three inches of sand.

You missed the part about moving the bricks. I think it takes more time and effort to move the bricks, even a short distance that the whole rest of the job.

Buy it by the cubic yard and have the dump truck deliver it. How much depends on the final decision as to how deep the foundation is going to be.
You local vender of materials (don't use building bricks, you want pavers) should be able to guide you about local soil and weather conditions for the foundation and qualities of materials.

Most people use them. I find that with my local soil conditions I don't need them

Define few. Ask at your local supplier and they will be able to quote you a local delivered price.

It will be a lot of work. Mostly work. It is not rocket science, but it is a lot of work. Get a book on the subject at the local DIY and it will show you a trick or two about how to get it flat
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"You will want the fabric higher up than ground level" Assuming the patio is ground level, how is that possible? He'd have to build a tent?
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Jo wrote:

I meant the level of the ground AFTER excavation. I guess it was not clear.
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"Lay fabric/tarp so the weeds don't come through" Laying fabroc 12-15 inches deep won't do anything for weeds. They germinate on the surface and very few will go 12-15 inches deep. Save the $$$.
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The Time Life Home repair and Improvement series states that for a non mortor patio, you need to dig down 1 inch deeper than the thickness of the paver you are using, tamp the earth, set the edging (coarse of bricks or plastic material, shatever you are using), lay in 1 inch of coarse sand, screed and then lay in the bricks. Fill the gaps with fine sand using a broom (be gentle) You may need to repeat the snading after the first application is settled.
I would pick up a do it yourself book to get the fine details.
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Make sure you're not level. You'll need 2" drop away from your house for rain runoff.
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On Thu, 13 May 2004 16:31:12 -0000, Chris Smith

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