Getting everything in order to install brick pavers at mi casa this summer.
These will be external for walkways and possibly part of my driveway over a
bed of basecourse and sand. Anyway, I've got a few basic questions.
One, I can find 1" Base Course/Crushed rock or 3/4". The price for the 1"
is significantly cheaper so my question is, does it matter that it's a bit
larger than the typical 3/4" stuff? Two, the walkways will have some
curves in them. Do you recommend I just fudge the gaps to make the curves
or cut the bricks. I realize this probably depends on how sharp a curve
but just curious. I've got a wet saw and had planned on cutting so if
that's preferable, then I'll go that route (I think I'd prefer this to
excessive gaps between the pavers). I'd probably have all sorts of
headaches with changing geometry if I'm cutting the bricks though. Anyway,
any other tips or advice is most appreciated.
Hey Cubby - I did a curved walk, 4' wide, 35' long. It turned 90degres
gradually. The first 2' and the last 2' were not quite straight. Think
shaped like a banana. I did not make any cuts to facilitate the curve,
I just fudged. It looked great. I let the pavers dictate the width. I
used 4" of "crusher run" and 1" of sand. Crusher run was much smaller
than 3/4", more like gravel but it packed. Frost line is 40 plus inches
here. No problem with heave or shifting. Only problem I had was when
drywall delivery truck drove over the edge and provided a bit of free
additional compaction (Dropped about 1/2").
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Thanks for the input! I plan to put down the same base and sand although
the base course is around 1" and smaller. I'm figuring it'll work fine.
Same amount too! As for the curve, I kind of figured I'd start out at the
straight part and see how it goes. If fudging the gaps looks bad, then
I'll start cutting. A guy at work who builds houses on the side
recommended taking a 4" grinder and attaching a diamond cutter to it. That
way I could cut curves fairly easily (won't cut all the way through the
brick,,,just score it enough to then use a chisel/hammer on it). I figure
between the wet saw and his idea, I may just be able to do this without too
much pain. I'm using standard paving bricks (4x9) and they don't come in
any sort of tapers etc... so I'll just have to make my own. The only
decision left to really make is whether I want just the plain bricks or
Cheers and thanks for the info.
Do they come in a 1/2 or 1/3 size? If you can mix them up a bit
with short ones you can make the curve much faster if you need to.
To figure out how much of a gap you need to make to curve them- think
of each side of the brick as the edge of a circle. You extend the
diameter of the outside by about 1/4" per brick with the gap. If you
can find matching bricks in 4x3's you can extend it 3/4" in the same
If you are going to *have* to cut them- don't get tumbled. Your cut
edges will stand out. Otherwise, the tumbled ones hide a multitude
Depending on the paver, the cut edges on the tumbled can be chipped up
a bit to make them blend in. Sometimes that ends up looking better
than a cut edge on a paver that has a rounded or eased edge - you can't
You have to be careful. A lot of pavers have different material in the
middle than the top surface. If you try to radius a new edge it may
come out a different color. Since they are cast, it will certainly be
a different texture.
I suspect that won't be a problem as we're not going with a straight color
anyway. The color scheme would probably cover up any
anomolies. As well, I won't be cutting the wear surface, only the edges
which won't show anyway.
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