While we did most the work on our patio last weekend, we had some significant problems or things to adjust. For example, when we put our pavers down, we didn’t do a very good job bringing the pavers up to the same level as our retaining wall. Two problems there: 1) there was over an inch of lip in some cases so those walking off the patio onto the lawn could easily trip, and 2) it looked tacky!
We didn’t really have enough sand, experience, or the right tools in the first place to have done it right the first time. My solution was to re-build the retaining wall to make it level with the pavers. So I dug the wall out and re-set each stone in the wall.
I also had to make some cuts in both the retaining wall and in one paver to make them fit in edges and in rounded areas. The cheapskate in me used a chisel instead of marking the blocks and having them cut with a machine.