Cuts in a soldier borbered walk

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by forestfireguy, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
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    How do you make your cuts on a curved walk, do you lay your soldiers and mark and cut each piece inside the field or do you leave the soldiers out, run the field into the border area and mark off your eding with a quickdraw and make a demo saw cut?
     
  2. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    Both. Really depends on the individual project, and pattern.
     
  3. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 601

    What factors come into consideration for you when deciding how to make these cuts? Same ? for a sttraight run.
     
  4. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    it depends on how long it is and how sharp of a curve it is.

    for longer curves we leave out the soldiers and overlay the pavers (lay into the space where the soldiers are). we then scribe along the pavers and use a gas cutoff saw and cut the overlay.

    this is WAY faster than marking and cutting each individual piece.

    same goes for straight lines.........
     
  5. GroundScapesIncorporated

    GroundScapesIncorporated LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 386


    Your right, it is faster.

    But PERSONAlLLY, with the work ive seen and done. The job has always looked nicer when the pavers were individually PU and took to the saw and cut.
    I just personally have never seen someone take a cut off saw and make perfect cuts all the way down.
     
  6. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    These cuts were made with the overlay method. I don't see how you can say that the other way is better.:dizzy:

    Chris

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  7. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
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    cgland - thats a nice cut line. I'm going to try that method on our next project, as ive been wanting to for a while now. How difficult is it when your cutting just a small sliver of stone?
     
  8. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 601

    If there is to be a sliver I leave them out and cut on the wet saw. I just finished a walkway today and used the " overlay" method. I took my time, scored dry and cut wet I notice the saw likes an outside radius better that cutting the inside, I knicked a few, I guess i tried to go too tight, so I ended up cutting maybe a dozen on the wetsaw as opposed to at least a hundred. Definite time saver.
     
  9. GroundScapesIncorporated

    GroundScapesIncorporated LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 386


    Chris,
    Chris your right those are some very nice cuts. What kind of saw was used? Did you install edge restraint before or after pavers?

    Oh, and I never said the other way was better.
     
  10. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
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    The thing is, the first time you cut in place it won't come out the greatest. It takes time and experience to get the cuts that CG had in his pictures. I remember the first time i cut in place. I kept on thinking that it must be the hack way since it didn't look to good. Now, the quality of curves i cut really impresses me and eveyrone else that sees them.

    Matt
     

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