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Angled spikes keep pavers tight

 

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Contractor Jeff Goodman has built what he says is a better paver edging spike.

Goodman, who installs landscaping and hardscaping such as walks and patios, got tired of dealing with brick pavers that separated because the edging spikes moved in the ground. So he designed one with an angled tip that stays in place better.

The tip causes the Edgetite spike to be driven into the compacted base at an angle, so the head of the spike pushes against the edging and keeps the bricks in place.

The spikes can be ordered from suppliers listed at www.edgetite.com. One dealer, MCP Supply, sells them for $65 a box plus $30 shipping and also offers volume pricing.

ON THE SHELF

A few embroidery stitches can turn a simple T-shirt or towel into something special. Artist and blogger Karin Holmberg shows how to use traditional Swedish stitches to elevate the ordinary in Scandinavian Stitch Craft: Unique Projects and Patterns for Inspired Embroidery (Running Press, $19 in softcover).

Holmberg’s projects are inspired by Swedish folk textiles, but they have a fresh feel. She sometimes uses a single color of thread to produce a simple, updated look or applies her stitchery to such unexpected surfaces as hoodies, lampshades and even underwear.

Don’t know how to embroider? No problem. Illustrations in the back of the book teach the basics.

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