Concrete versus Pavers

Old 04-17-05, 05:03 AM
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Concrete versus Pavers

I am trying to decide between conrete and pavers.
How difficult is it to use pavers on curves. I have a retaining wall with a curve and the opposite side will also have a gradual curve.
What do you cut it with?
Thanks for any help
Old 04-17-05, 12:55 PM
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Depending upon the degree of the curve, cutting the pavers with a saw for that purpose makes it a straighforward job. Mark the paver, then cut it to fit. Rent such a saw for your project.

It helps to plan the pattern for the pavers to accommodate the curves. Keep in mind having to cut many pavers for one pattern as opposed to cutting few with a different one.

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Concrete versus Pavers

Hand splitters are also commonly used to cut pavers before they are laid. Splitters can also be rented from rent-all operations or from paver suppliers. Contractors normally use these because of portability and not having power available near-by. The rough texture is not a problem since it is minimal and is burried in the vibrated joint.

On larger jobs, with a lot of pavers, you can cut the pavers for the curve after the pavers are laid, but before the first vibration or the edge restraint is installed. This works well on large gradual curves if you are using flexible or bendable staked edge restraint. For a masonry edge restraint use a splitter or saw.

Do not attempt to lay pavers on a gentle curve by cheating on the curvature and making joints larger. This will insure a failure.

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