Mega Arbel advice

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by G_Dubs, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. big daddy b

    big daddy b LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    Is doing this becoming popular now or something?
    I just saw another job the other day that I actually wanted to get pictures of and post on here. It was done the same way, but done poorly. Glue oozing out of the bottom of the block, the block was already tipping out.
    I'll have to stop back to get some pics and post.

    But with the Arebl, the tops are textured so did you have any problems with that, or just make it up with glue?
    And sort of base prep do you do in the areas where the wall is? Anything extra, tighten it up a little bit or same thing as the other paved areas?

    I'm interested in knowing about that method, not to take away from the original topic...
  2. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    Not exactly sure but I've uploaded a 3MB picture before. Thats pretty big
  3. G_Dubs

    G_Dubs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Ok. Thanks for the heads up on the cutting.

    We've got two entrances to the house and one to the garage to cut (butting up, that is), all 48" wide. The rest will be overlayed into the beds and cut in place (since we are doing a full landscape as well).

    thanks again for the help.
  4. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,619

    So in terms of cutting, make sure you factor in alot of extra time.

    make sure you factor in a charge for a full diamond blade.

    And factor in extra Arbel for waste
  5. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Only if they are the cheapies then you factor in a full blade.

    Sorry bud, had to do it. :)
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,619

    i just got done making an 8 yr old write 100 sentences. do you wanna be next!!! :laugh:
  7. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    God no!!! I just had to listen to my sensei yelling!
  8. Birchwood

    Birchwood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    This was a display we did for a garden show that would be taken down in a couple of weeks.

    I would never and would never suggest setting walls, pillars or steps on top of pavers.
  9. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    cutting mega arbel does suck a big donkeys you know what. It has 4 things that I hate about it. 1: it's hard to measure if you have to butt it up against anything. 2: it's big and heavy so the old saying applies "measure twice cut once" because carrying a piece back to the saw more than once really makes me mad. 3: it takes longer to cut and wears out blades faster because it's thicker. 4: more wasted material.

    I almost cringe when a customer wants mega arbel. I have a 175' long sidewalk (4' wide) to do with mega arbel and I'm not looking forward to it. The only good thing about the side walk is that we can cut in place.
  10. steve5966

    steve5966 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    When cutting mega arbel, put your tape measure away. Get a few sheets of heavy construction paper. Since all mega arbels are the same shape, just trace the shape on the construction paper and cut it out. When you are ready to cut, you just fold the paper over so it fits in the area and trace that shape onto a paver and cut. Piece of cake.

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