Block paving: Also known as brick paving, block paving uses bricks to create a driveway or area of hardstanding.
Block Splitter: Also known as Block Cutters or Guillotines, a tool that allows bricks to be cut along straight lines to shape them for use in block paving.
Brick Saw: A power tool used for cutting concrete, bricks and other materials. More often referred to as a grinder by tradespeople.
Brush-in: A paving technique where a tradesman/helper literally brushes a dry, powdered mortar into the joints of paving.
Coping: A flat stone used as a cap on walls or around the perimeter of patios, pools and ponds etc.
Crazy Paving: Paving made of irregular pieces of flat stone.
Edge Course: The bricks or paving blocks used at the edge of a pavement, driveway or other area.
Gravel: A loose mix of small, smooth stones.
Hardcore: A mix of stones, broken bricks, rubble and other material used as a filling in foundations or under hardstanding.
Imprinted Concrete: Concrete that is pressed to take on a pattern.
Permeable Paving: Paving made up materials that allows water to soak through.
Sub-base: The load-bearing layer of pavement or hardstanding, made from crushed stone.
Sub-grade: The existing ground underneath a planned area of hardstanding, cleared of any obstacles.
Tarmac: Material used for surfacing roads or other outdoor areas, consisting of broken stone mixed with tar. Tarmac, is a proper name, and should be properly referred to as bituminous macadam or “Bitmac”.
Wacker Plate: Also known as a plate compactor, a piece of construction equipment used to smooth and level the earth.
Wash-in: Technique that brushes in a wet mortar into the joint of paving.
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