cutting asphalt

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Old 06-13-07, 12:19 PM
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cutting asphalt

We just bought a new house and the entire back yard is asphalt, right up to the house (ugh!). We would like to leave some of the parking area, considering we do not have a garage, but we want to take out some of the asphalt to have grass for the dog and a garden. Is it possible to cut a curved line in asphalt with a "walk behind" concrete saw and a diamond blade?
 
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Old 06-13-07, 12:23 PM
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You can, but it will have a large radius, and the thicker the asphalt, the larger the radius. It is also hard to do and dangerous.
 
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For a tighter radius you can "plunge cut" it. Constantly picking the blade all the way out and letting it cut to depth again as you move around the radius. You're going to remove the outside, ragged edge anyway I assume, so the aesthetics of the cut wouldn't matter. It would be a pain though.

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cutting asphalt

Be prepared for some work whem you try to grow grass where the pavement was.

After you remove the asphalt pavement you should expect to be required to remove some of the base under it to make room for the good gardening soil you will have to bring in.

If you go with raised bed gardens, you can mimimize the amount of asphalt base you have to remove.

Dick
 
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