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Old 05-01-2012, 08:16 AM
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best way to lay out and install circle?

I just sold this patio and I am wondering the best way to lay out and install this circle. I have done curves and stuff before but they want the pattern (cambridge 3pc ledgestone) to flow right into the circle (or I guess 3/4 circle-the border will not run through the patio). I couldnt figure out how to get the program to put the matching border on the circle and also it will not be raised up. Do I just use the pin, string and can of spray technique or is that just for TV?

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wont let me upload the screen shot word document, can I share it directly from realtime landscaper pro?
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Lay entire field.

Then install circle. This way you maintain straight lines.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:53 AM
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shoot me now but we do footings and mortar down our borders, so I always do borders first then the field. I run strings to keep it straight when I run irregular shapes. I was looking more for a way to make sure the circle was perfect or close to it. I normally form free flowing curves with a bendable board but I'm not sure if I trust them to make a 3/4 circle.

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We always start in the center of the circle and work our way out, so that way you know its a circle.
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oh you aren't using a circle kit? If not then a stake and a string would be the next best thing.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:49 AM
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yea its not a kit. the pattern is running from the 20x30 patio right into the 15' diameter thats centered on the corner. I just want it to be perfectly round and smooth
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oh you aren't using a circle kit? If not then a stake and a string would be the next best thing.
Agreed.

Set a post in the center. I generally use a larger piece of re-bar and paint it orange to make it visible. Then after the circle is done, just pull the post tamp the area and then fill the center.

This is a circle I did for a client. In this situation, the center was left open as a planting bed.







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I thought you meant circle kit.

You'll have to know your radius diameter(s) and the locations of your center point(s). I know alotta folks like using sketch up for designs. I never touched sketch up, does it provide radius diameters and locate the center?

We did a patio last August similar to your picture. We installed the patio first (the rectangular portion), then located and installed the rounded fire pit area last.


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I thought you meant circle kit.

You'll have to know your radius diameter(s) and the locations of your center point(s). I know alotta folks like using sketch up for designs. I never touched sketch up, does it provide radius diameters and locate the center?

We did a patio last August similar to your picture. We installed the patio first (the rectangular portion), then located and installed the rounded fire pit area last.
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I agree with that method when doing a firepit. I'd just find the center point of it and then remove the pavers you need and set the footer for the pit and build it.

But, as a large section of patio being a circle, I personally would build 85% of the field first, build the circle, then finish the field and make your cuts accordingly to butt the field to the circle.

My reason being is that the focus will be on the circle visually, so I would make the circle as nice and exact first allowing you to make the adjustments with the field when finishing.

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