Paver spacing

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Woodland, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Woodland

    Woodland LawnSite Member
    from Maine
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    I don't have my ICPI book handy right now (although I'm not sure this is in there either) but I'm wondering, when you lay a soldier/sailor course around a curve, how much extra gap is acceptable? Right now I'm laying a large walkway where most of the border is running in a curve, mostly pretty tight. Most of the outside gaps are around 1/2" with a few to 3/4". Anything over that and I've been cutting random pieces to bring the gaps back in line (obviously the 1/2" and 3/4" gaps coincide with the tightness of the different curves and not random through the walk). From my eye, the gaps look fine, but what about the integrity of the interlock??
     
  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    3/8.... but I have 0 tolerance, over build your walk mark and cut,
     
  3. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,035

    yes 3/8 is on icpi book.
    I usually buy a circle kit to do my soldier course when dealing with many curves
     
  4. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    agreed, cut em up.
     
  5. Danscapes

    Danscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yep 3/8 but mine are NEVER more than 3/16, sloppy cuts make for poor workmanship.:weightlifter:

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  6. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    is that an example of your work?

    the left side cuts are terrible I would rather have a smooth radius and not worry about wedgies.
     
  7. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Put the criticism aside and tell us what is your solution would have been in this example using the dimensions and product he worked with. Posts just bashing the guys work without also posting reasonable work arounds or other realistic solutions you have or in your case don't have should be ignored.
     
  8. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,035

    I gonna chime in hope this helps.
    First of all I stopped using pavers for treads long time ago use coping units or a paver at least 10" depth, in really tight curves cut every single unit on both sides on normal curves cut every other.
     
  9. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 359

    This is a driveway that i am doing right now. just finishing up.

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    I try to make them look familar to the rest of the job if can. but i do suggest that every second one is good and will give a good radius. As well these are things that need to be accounted for in the pricing of the job.

    Go with what you feel is best.
     
  10. Woodland

    Woodland LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 207

    I do not like the look of those treads at all! Perhaps it is a matter of taste but When I have to make cuts for a radius like that, I cut every paver and I cut them all the same size. The ones in that picture look very choppy and uneven. I had the same thought on the first pic that was posted earlier. I put up a few pictures of the job I'm on right now so you can see what I was talking about in my original post.
     

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