By now, you’re probably thinking, “Well, I’m already using gravel binders for this, so why bother with the sanding process?”
And the answer to that question is probably a simple one: Because sanding is a pain, and you’ll end up with a bunch of gravel sitting in the sand, just like the sand in your driveway.
So why bother?
Well, because the process is super simple.
You can buy a set of inexpensive gravel benders (you’ll have to search for “gravel benders” on Amazon, though, as that’s where they’re listed), sand the surface of the binder flat, then lay a small amount of sand in between the two.
(If you want to be super-cheap, you can just use the back of a small piece of paper towel.)
The binder is then lifted, and a little bit of sand is sucked up into the hole where the gravel will go.
The gravel is then placed in a sand bag, and then the sand is put into a bag with a little less sand in it.
And voila, the gravel bender.
You don’t even have to have a sandbag, since this method works with any type of gravel you can find.
The sand can be sanded into a smooth, even layer, or it can be mixed with other sand, but the most common way to mix sand is with a small bit of the sand on top of a large, fine-mesh roller, like a mini-paver, which you’ll learn more about in a moment.
Now, if you want a nice smooth layer of sand, you need to sand the entire binder with a fine-sanded roller.
And then you need a small square of sandpaper and some fine sandpaper, or some sort of “sandbag” to protect the gravel.
But since it’s so simple, there are tons of things you can do to improve your gravel patio.
And the easiest way to do this is to buy some gravel and sand that’s going to be a lot softer than your actual gravel.
Here’s a list of gravel bakers that you should definitely check out.
And now, on to the fun stuff: