Making curves

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by CSLC, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. CSLC

    CSLC LawnSite Member
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    What do you guys use to make your curves in walkways and patios...
     
  2. Crash

    Crash LawnSite Member
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    What exactly do you mean???? If it's very precise you could use a string line attached to a fixed point. Besides that, just paint it out, cut it and you're on your way.
     
  3. CSLC

    CSLC LawnSite Member
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    When the pavers are down I over lay them and use snap edging to get my curves to be aesticilly pleasing and the home owner's visions what do you guys use?
     
  4. greatinmulchbeds

    greatinmulchbeds LawnSite Member
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    over lay then usually i'll take thin pvc like 1/2 inch and bend till the curve looks good mark it and cut it
     
  5. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
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    use 1/2" electrical conduit... very flexible and you can put sections together to make long smooth curves.
     
  6. pghlandscape

    pghlandscape LawnSite Member
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    this is the best way to do it!!!! we then mark the stone with "soap stone " and cut the pavers with a chop saw, lift the pieces out touch up the base if needed and install the soldier course. its dusty but super fast and very uniform
     
  7. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I bring a little cheapo 3gal air compressor with a blower nozzle to clean off pavers so when we finish cutting we can get all the superfine dust out of the stones. Then drop in soldier course and off you go. Some people disagree with cutting in place (zedosix) but I find it to be super quick and don't have the need for a table saw like he's got.
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  8. Surfdunn

    Surfdunn LawnSite Member
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    I use my edge restraint and mark with a soap crayon.
     
  9. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    Try a gas powered blower, they are indespensible when preparing the brick for sand. Yup we mark with snap edge and bring to a table saw. There are other ways but this works for us.
     
  10. greatinmulchbeds

    greatinmulchbeds LawnSite Member
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    electrical conduit is a good method platinum since you can make it longer, going to have to try that. That's the only problem with pvc is the length.
     

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