How do you cut black-top, neatly?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by HydroCutter, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. HydroCutter

    HydroCutter LawnSite Member
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    I need to cut out a square in a driveway. I would like to just do it by hand, but the owner wants a neat lines cut. I've seen the gas company use a machine, but don't know what it is called, or what kind of blade to use with it.

    Thanks for any help.

  2. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
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    Demo saw with a diamond blade.
  3. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
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    demo saw and a diamond blade with a 2x6 or 2x4 as a straight edge to to guide the blade along.
  4. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
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  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    just chalk some SQUARE, STRAIGHT lines, and cut with a cut off saw.
  6. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, You can cut by hand just fine. I know you can drycut asphalt, but I always do it wet, just be carefull not to lose your chalk line.
  7. HydroCutter

    HydroCutter LawnSite Member
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    Thanks everyone for their replies.
  8. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    OH! So this WAS a serious question!?!?!? My bad!

  9. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    Now, Now, we aren't all professionals. Be nice.:)
  10. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you don't have a cutoff saw you can use a circular saw with a blade recommended ($12-$20 at Home Cheepo) for asphalt. Use a construction square to chalk your cut lines. You might need a brick chisel to clean the corners.

    If the driveway gets plowed in the winter, put the point of the square facing the plow direction- less of a chance of the plow pealing up the patch.

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