Want to edge sidewalk - ideas??

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Old 06-25-19, 05:48 PM
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Want to edge sidewalk - ideas??

I WAS SETTING IN MY CHAIR and was thinking- maybe someone here, can share with me--- the easiest way--, besides hiring a man to do it.How about a power washer? ,,directed carefully along a 30 foot sidewalk both sides. I await your help, and tips- to make this something i can do,I always!! did most everything all my life,and could do all i took on. Alas age is catching up with me thanks much for suggestions bob s if pw isn't good lmk
 
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Old 06-25-19, 06:03 PM
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You want to edge the grass next to the sidewalk ?

A power washer would make an extraordinary mess of the job. You'd have grass flying into the next street. A string weed worker works ok but can be heavy to hold in that position.
 
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Easiest way would probably be to go rent an edger.
 
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I have 1 and its a are man killer. bob s
 
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Cool

Hard to hold on to, been there ......may have to go back and do short spurts- removing grass and dirt- rest work- rest work thank you the tips~ but thinking about calling around; til i get someone else to do this job------because i certainly can't thanks bob s/bsa_bon
 
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99% of the time since it's far faster I just turn the trimmer and make sure I'm running it in the direction that tosses the material up, not down.
Unless you own a straight shaft gas powered trimmer with some power it will take far longer.
My FS90R Stihl goes through it like hot butter.
I can do this as fast as I can walk, and I'm 62 years old.
I have a gas powered real edger that's easy to use, but only use it to cut back when the sod has grown out over the walk or drive way.
There's lots of used edgers on sale on Craigslist for around $100.00.
 
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I most often use a line trimmer turned sideways like Joecaption mentioned. I've also used a shovel.
 
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Use a reciprocating saw if you have one.
 
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Do they make a edging shovel?- or long handled tool- of some sort.JUST-- for edging a sidewalk
 
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Do they make a good sidewalk edger?The weedwacker throws stuff and makes a mess also.................for me.
 
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And please tell me about the reciprocating saw and how does this work, and does it,Used one all my life in plumbing trade. lmk thanks

Never heard this one before????? bob s
 
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Bob,
I have the WORX trimmer that converts to an edger. It's not too heavy and easy to use. 32volt. you may want to consider it. I'll suggest this one.

https://www.worx.com/40v-2x20v-cordl...ger-wg184.html
 
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So this is a weedwacker basically? Norm?? bob s
 
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All it is is a line trimmer sideways with some guide wheels. If you already have a line trimmer you can do the same thing just by holding it so the line is in a vertical plane.
 
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think i will check this edger out.My age i get tired keeping my weed wacker..turned sideways. Have to find out which one i need.Those 'guide wheels} would keep me from having to keep a strait line- like i do now as i move forward ? would i be correct in this assumption? bob s
 
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Just use the string trimmer at an upward 45 degree angle so the grass is cut up to the edge of the cement and all the clippings are tossed on the lawn.

Ditches are so 70's!
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nm-CR_3mP4

Edging with reciprocating saw. I did it myself on my overgrown sidewalk and then you can
just use string trimmer to maintain it.
 
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This is to easy.........but i think it will work out good/Looks a whole lot simpler than anything else i have seen. thank you much~~~~~~~~~~VSMartin
 
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Reciprocating saw...that's interesting but looks like a back killer. I have an Edgehog, best thing I have ever used. Power it up and walk behind it, it's a back saver. I go through 1 metal blade per year, once a month usage. Blades are $8. I see Edgehogs for about $40 on CL.

 
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That saw idea is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. What happens when you hit a rock o r the sidewalk edge protrudes beyond the under the grass. Not to mention a your back, trailing a cord and cleanup. No Thanks. I'll stick with the Worxs convertible line trimmer.
 
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Bob, for simple, relatively inexpensive, easy to operate, no engine to maintain, I'd take a look in the lawn and garden area of your local hardware and they'll have a flat blade on a handle that you can step on to drive in along the side of the concrete or asphalt. It's not the fastest way, but you can move at your own pace, and all you have to do when you're ready to take a break is sweep it up. As far as a guarantee, well, I can't provide one, but I've used them a few times helping out some older friends and they did work.
 
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[B]I tried the sawzall last night ,It would work ok if you maintain these "edges regularly? but who does that Simply put -its not worth using as you say ...a Sawzall[/B
] thats out thanks Norm
 
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Take spade.
Go about 5-6 inches away from the sidewalk edge.
Dig turf out about 5 inches deep in straight line, parallel to the sidewalk edge.
Go buy salt granules at Home Depot. They are sold in 40lb bags, for about $7 each.
Lay thick layer of salt at the bottom of the trench you just made.
Fill trench with fine rocks or pebbles or gravel.
DONE.
As in - it
1. looks pretty. It ends looking like a nice white/grey trim following sidewalk edge.
2. nothing grows there for years. So you don't have to do over again and again.
Same by the way for fences. You lay layer of salt next to fence, couple inches wide. Done trimming grass for a year or so. Re apply salt once a year. Done. I have 6 acre property fenced, I know.
 
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Old 06-28-19, 03:54 AM
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UKRBYK That sounds like an awful good way to do this, weed killing and edging. GOOD idea thank you sir

bob s
for now !i have it done--------with just a shovel and patience, the way i have always done it, to everyone here who replied; I thank you very much bob
 
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