Brick marking and cutting tools for patios?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Shady Brook, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
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    I am looking for suggestions on tools that will help me mark out cuts on pavors for patios and walkways. I have read in places on the forum where some guys have special marking tools? Any help would be appreciated. Also, any secrets for cutting curves would be great. I would like to cut much of the material in place with a cutoff saw. I have heard you can do more detail work with a smaller diameter blade... any thoughts are welcome.

  2. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. copeblk

    copeblk LawnSite Member
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    1)a hard lead pencil
    2) a steady hand and good eye
  4. Bill S

    Bill S LawnSite Member
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    piece of 1" pvc that allows some bend, sharp blade and marking crayon
  5. ChampionLS

    ChampionLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I use a carpenter's pencil with RED lead. They're kind of rare to find (I get them from Clayton Block here in NJ). The RED lead does not blow off like regular pencil lead and will last just long enough to pass thru your wet saw. It washes off easily with water and some rubbing. You can use soapstone for marking, but that washes off very easily- good for dry cutting.
  6. Total Landscape Solutions

    Total Landscape Solutions LawnSite Member
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    Snap edge and a black sharpie
  7. John Zaprala

    John Zaprala LawnSite Senior Member
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    We use something similar to the PVC idea (good one BTW) We use a fiberglass flexible rod from a greenhouse, but sometimes also use tent poles. I'm talking about the ones that fold up and bend. we have 2 guys hold the curve and one draw the line. Then match up the pole with that curve and continue down the line. Then we take the cut saw and cut the whole curve maybe 1/4" down once. Then go all the way through pulling away the cut pieces as you go. Obviously there will be a few you need to pull out and cut like up against steps or walls.
  8. ChampionLS

    ChampionLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thats exactly how we do it. Watch out for that toxic dust cloud though!
  9. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    Thanks for the great ideas fellas! Boy that Pavetech has lots of tools to offer, but it sounds like most get by with the simple things.

    Do you guys use stakes and lines, lazers, or some othe means of getting your grade?

    Any other hints...? Thanks
  10. leaflandscape

    leaflandscape LawnSite Member
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    Get a soapstone welders stone for marking, they're great and cheap. You can get them at TSC. We use a guillotine for tumbled flat pavers, or a ts 400 stihl for most anything.

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