I have a massive slate tile floor that I hate. ... It makes the house so much lighter when you get rid of the slate tiles. ... No need to sand, ...
· If you have any trepidation about installing slate, I propose that you make your own test hearth pad in your garage. Purchase a small piece of cement board that is perhaps 30 inches by 36 inches. Get some discount slate and apply it to the cement board. Forget about making cuts unless you want to do it by hand with the carbide rod .
Before you begin placing stones in the sand, you must establish a square corner. To do this take a long, straight board and place one end against the house where the patio corner will fall. From the corner point, measure over 6 ft. along the house wall and make a mark. Then, measure 8 ft. along the board from the house and make another mark.
Then add some gravel, and compact some more. This will give you a good draining basis for your slate pavers. Press the ground down. Step 3 Fit the Slate Pavers. Take some sand, and lay out an inch upon your compacted gravel. Take your slate paver, and lay it at the edge of the walkway on top of this sand.