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How to Install Bullnose Pavers Around a Pool

By Tim Anderson ; Updated September 21, 2017
Bullnose pavers install the same as field pavers.

Brick and stone pavers are the most popular types of outdoor building materials for walkways, patios and areas surrounding swimming pools. Just as with tile installations, transitional sections utilize bullnose pieces, which differ from field pavers in that they have a rounded edge that is used at termination points. Installing bullnose pavers around a swimming pool is no different than normal pavers, employing the same tools, materials and necessary skills for a finished installation.

Step 1

Prepare the area for the installation of the pavers. Dig down through the soil at the same depth as the rest of your paver area. Include at least 2 inches for the layer of gravel and 3 to 4 inches for the layer of sand on top of the gravel.

Step 2

Layer the area gravel and then cover that with sand until you fill the area you dug out. Run the compacting machine over the area to compact the sand and gravel down to prepare the layer for the installation of your pavers.

Step 3

Line the edge of your pool with the pavers. Place each individual paver into the compacted layer of sand and gravel and tap them into place with the rubber mallet. Keep at least 1/8 inch of a joint between each bullnose paver and the field pavers for a joint. Make any necessary cuts with the angle grinder.

Step 4

Pack the pavers in place. Fill the joints with sand. Layer the stones with sand and use your hand or a broom to sweep the sand across the pavers so that it falls into the joints between the stones. Leave at least 1/2-inch of sand on top of the stones and run the compactor over everything to lock them in place. Sweep the rest of the sand over the field pavers to flush up the joints.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Rubber mallet
  • Sand
  • Gravel
  • Tamping machine
  • Angle grinder
  • Dust mask
  • Safety glasses


  • Wear safety gear when operating an angle grinder.

About the Author


Tim Anderson has been freelance writing since 2007. His has been published online through GTV Magazine, Home Anatomy, TravBuddy, MMO Hub, Killer Guides and the Delegate2 group. He spent more than 15 years as a third-generation tile and stone contractor before transitioning into freelance writing.