Step 1 Peg out corners of entertaining area, running stringlines between them. Mark the perimeters with set-out paint, using stringlines as guide.
Step 2 Wearing safety gear, use turf cutter to break up grass. Remove turf using shovel and wheelbarrow.
Step 3 Remove soil to depth of 100mm. Around edges, remove an extra 50mm for mortar bed.
Step 4 Lay brick mesh along inside edge of excavated area. In the wheelbarrow, make up mortar mix using 1 part cement to 4 parts brickie’s sand, mixing with enough water to create a stiff mix. Working on a short section at a time, lay mortar over mesh as bedding for brick header course.
Step 5 Lay first brick on long side so corner meets stringline. Use trowel to butter each following brick with mortar, tapping in position against previous brick with mallet.
Step 6 Continue laying header course, then let mortar dry and set.
Step 7 Fill centre of area with crushed granite and rake to level.
Step 8 Compact crushed granite using plate compactor. Top up with more granite after first compaction, then repeat until surface is level with bricks.
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