How to drill holes in patio pavers?


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Old 03-23-07, 01:25 PM
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How to drill holes in patio pavers?

I had a patio put in last year with "pavers". My termite guy needs to drill holes in the pavers next to the house to do his termite treatment. He says that if he drills the pavers, they will crack and crumble.

Is there a method or toll to drill a 1" diameter hole in sandard pavers without destroying them?

Thanks for your advice.
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Old 03-23-07, 01:30 PM
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Drill them in the center of the paver~no problem.
 
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Couldn't you just remove a paver every here and there where he needs to inject the insecticide and then replace it?
 
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How to drill holes in patio pavers?

A properly installed paver is very, very difficult to remove because the interlock caused by the sand and vibration during installation. Many times the only thing to do is break is out and possibly another. Replacing one is even more difficult. If you work from an edge, removal and replacement is very practical and is why pavers are often installed over utilities, etc.

Drilling is a way of getting through. Pavers have a required minimum strength of 8000 psi unless you are talking about the larger "stepping stones" (over 12" wide or so) that have lower strengths.

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Old 03-26-07, 08:34 AM
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Drilling most pavers can provide cracks (depends on size, thickness, newer pavers are coming much thicker than older pavers-some pavers have only 2500 psi-Some paver manufacturers have 8000 psi but not all of them)-even if you have to call the paver contractor, he will tell you how to pull pavers if he isn't available-most can be pried up with a paver pulling tool (contractor) or even two flat head screw drivers-yes, the compacting/vibrating of pavers/sand (even newer composite sand to reduce weed growth) can be pried out slowly-it is not a quick easy job and some nicking of neighboring pavers can happen-even if you have to start a couple of pavers away from where they actually butt up against house, then work your way towards house-mark pavers before with crayons or grease pencils to map out design for easier replacement-the real hard part might be securing/replacing /patching base material so that it doesn't shift/erode after all is said & done-that's why if you pull more pavers than is needed, say big enough for a hand stamper/compactor. this way a better, more solid base can be acheived before replacing pavers on top. Even if your pavers wind up being a slightly higher /taller next to the house, just make sure they are not a tripping hazard. Pavers that wind up lower than before might cause more problems with collecting water running into your basement- A good paver contractor will always leave a few extra pavers behind on every job to insure same dyelot/colors/pavers for accidents or spills that might happen for easy replacement-good luck
 
 

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