Cutting Em Up

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Bobcat s250 NY, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. Bobcat s250 NY

    Bobcat s250 NY Banned
    from texas
    Posts: 98

    I was curious to know what method do the majority of you guys use to cut lets say Holland stones for a soldier course that is on a curve. I find myself wasting lots of time trying to figure how to cut the angles so there are no spaces between the stones . I ran across this tool called the wedgiemarker from pave tech.

    :cool2: http://www.pavetech.com/newtools/WedgieMark.shtm

    Anyone using it ?? Good? Bad ?

    Thanks
     
  2. Masonman

    Masonman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Experience of cutting 1000's of pavers lets me cut the borders without any tools besides a red pencil. I do keep a trowel handy for a straightedge. I use the pencil as a gauge of a sorts to align the trowel for the cut mark. I spend about about 5 seconds max I figure this way. I can usually do an entire job without a recut either, and I keep tight, straight joints.Most of the border I am cutting is 6x9 pavers

    For caps, I use my 16 inch level either laid sideways or the regular way, depending on the gap.
     
  3. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 916

    Anything thats straight will do the trick, no need to bother with that thing. Besides if you look at the pic where they are cutting caps it looks like they expect you to cut both caps to make them fit together, this is only rarely needed only on a very tight curve. Then again if it gives some people enough confidence to get the job done, buy it !
     
  4. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,648

    I use either my standard level or simple carpenters square. same thing as the wedgie.

    Nice unpaid advertisement though
     
  5. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That thing is a waste of time. I use a carpenters triangle. It works great. When you gain some experience you will find that some of the gadgets they come up with are crap.

    Chris
     
  6. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    Often times, on a soft curve, we get one number and roll with it. 3/8" to 0 is pretty common. One guy cuts, one guy lays.
     
  7. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 402

    We have found out that when you have one guy mark and one guy cut, that the cut pavers do not always fit the best as when the marker cuts the pavers himself.

    Just because the marker knows how he wants that paver to be cut.

    Can tell the cutter how you want it, but does not always turn out as good if you were to do it yourself.

    Anybody run into this?
     
  8. Bobcat s250 NY

    Bobcat s250 NY Banned
    from texas
    Posts: 98

    Thank you for all the replys :blob3:
     
  9. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Jreiff - We usually don't have a problem as long as the paver is clearly marked. I would think that it would take too much time for the marker to cut his own pavers. If you have 2 guys that always mark & cut they get pretty good at it.

    Chris
     
  10. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    If the gap is not too big I just lay the stones without cutting them. Depending on type of brick we are using also. Most of the brick we lay is the tumbled stone which has large gaps anyway, so we just top up with stabilizer sand and all looks good.
     

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