WARNING PHOTO OVERLOAD!! After removing the cement footings we Nolan installed some square pavers at the bottom of the deck stairs.

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The old deck didn’t have stairs, so this area was covered with wood chips and some landscaping. I thought I transplanted all the hostas, but you can see one tiny one got left behind.

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Step 1: Remove random weeds, level dirt and install border.

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Step 2: Call your dad to come to Home Depot because the pavers are too heavy to take in one car load.

Step 3: Put down base sand layer and use a hand tamper to get your aggression out. Make sure that little hosta gets some shade.

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Step 4: Be a perfectionist in placing the first few pavers so that the rest line up. Use a rubber mallet to set them in place. photo 1 (7)

Step 5: Install 8, realize you screwed up, curse, stop taking pictures, redo all 8.

Step 6: Put down pea gravel in between pavers and call it a day.photo 3 (6)

Step 7: Call in spousal support and finish the job. photo 1 (6)

Step 8: Show Sophie, who treats it like hot lava. photo 2 (8)

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