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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by hewitt64, Mar 29, 2001.

  1. hewitt64

    hewitt64 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    to those who do brick pavers, do you guys cut soilder course on curved sidewalks or do you leave gaps?
  2. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,277


    I'm not sure I understand your question, but does this answer it?
  3. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,073


    I think what you are asking is, "what do you do when the soldier course goes around a sharp turn and leaves pie shaped gaps between the bricks?"

    It this is the question, then yes, I cut pavers to fill in gaps.

    I usually will cut pie shaped pieces for any gap over a 1/4 inch or so. On sharp turns, the gaps are large, so definitely need to fill them in. The sand will wash out in no time, especially considering it washes out of the soldier row with out any help anyways.

    Some guys cut the pavers, angling both sides, around turns. I've always just used full ones, and then cut pieces to fill the gaps.

    Hope this helps.

    Nice work by the way stonehenge.

  4. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Posts: 1,625

    We pie cut our pavers so we leave no gaps, don't know how many times I see gaps in a paver job but it burns me that they leave them like that, just doesn't look right!

    Nice work Stonehenge
  5. diginahole

    diginahole LawnSite Member
    Posts: 249

    I am of the other opinion on this one, I like the gaps better than the pies!
  6. Rex Mann

    Rex Mann LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 621

    I am with Diginahole. I'd rather see the gaps.

  7. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,277

    Now that I know what the question is, I'm going to ride the fence.

    Some projects look right with gaps. Some look right cut. I always do all of one or all of the other on any one project, but I do it each way.

    As a side note, I've seen some companies cut off just one side for this. I always cut both sides off equally, so that it's a smoother soldier line.
  8. kermit

    kermit LawnSite Member
    Posts: 138

    The only time gaps are acceptable are in stones with gaps like Unilocks Brussel's or Classico, leaving gaps in pavers like Hollandstone looks SO amateurish. I love to see my competition leaving gaps so I can send potential customers to see their work. Helps me sell jobs.
  9. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    I prefer to see the soldier course pieces cut to fit the curve, but no tiny pie-slivers either. Stonehenge, is your pictured project showing the outer course with square pavers or pavers set as a stringer course? Looks nice, whatever it is.
  10. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,277


    They're square. The product is by Bend, called Chateau Stone. It's a lot like Unilock's Cortina.

    That wasn't a big project, but we had fun. It was a Parade home (like homearama), and the builder just called and said - we have $X for a budget. Do something that'll look good for that $$.

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