I need to re-arrange some red patio stones (1-1/2" thk) to accomodate my new
deck steps. Gotta cut/break some in half/quarter/etc. I don't have any
chop/tile saws or anything to deal with stone. Any other methods to
cut/break stone? Hammer/chisel? Stones just set in sandy mountain soil
with almost instant drainage. Thnx.
Speaking out of vast inexperience, I'd use either an appropriate hammer
and chisels (mason's hammer and chisels, for instance--obviously not
wood chisels!) or else a smallish set of feathers and wedges. Lee
Valley sells one such set that sounds as though it should do the trick
I'd imagine a lot depends upon the structure of your red patio stones;
if they're fairly soft or brittle and have a cooperative grain
structure, it might be possible just to crack them carefully over e.g.
an iron bar with a heavy hammer or whatever.
I suppose a third option might be to devise some sort of a "decorative
accent" around the steps that happens to be made from smaller and
possibly different-colored pavers.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
That's really all you need, and you will get good at it, fast.
Any kind of masonry blade on a grinder or saw can help with the scoring
accuracy, but when it comes down to the breaking, the sledge and chisel
are usually the best.
If you want to get high tech, rent a 12-14 inch brick saw from a home
center for $75 bucks.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Yes. That's what I did. DeWalt 7-1/2" disk for skilsaw. What shocked the
heck outta me was, I decided to buy 3 stringer brackets for the steps. The
masonary disk was $3+ and the stringer brackets (stamped galv sheet metal)
were $4+ each! No wonder houses cost so much. :|
A hand held circular saw with a diamond blade with do the trick. I
have used blades that were made of what looked like abrasive ceramic in
a fiberglass mesh and have learned that a cheap diamond blade is much
A diamond blade is the most accurate way to cut, but you can get
pretty nice cuts with a brick set (aka chisel, they're as wide as a
brick - don't waste your time with a smaller chisel), a 3 pound lump
hammer, and a piece of angle iron. The heavier the angle iron, the
Put the point of the angle iron facing up on a hard surface, put some
wood blocking on either side of the angle iron to support the two
sides of the cut, align the desired cut line directly over the angle
iron, place the brick set on the cut line (with your thumb tucked in
so you don't ruin your thumb if you slip, or use a brick chisel with a
plastic guard), then give the set a single nice and solid whack with
the lump hammer.
The abrasive masonry disks suck. They wear down quickly and have a
tendency to shatter. You can get inexpensive diamond blades on eBay
for small change, and they'll cut much quicker and last much longer
than an abrasive disk.
Probably a wise idea. The abrasive blades can shatter when they bind
in a deep cut.
Next time you have a need to cut something hard, look into the diamond
blades. For ten or fifteen bucks you'll get something you can keep,
doesn't throw grit everywhere, cuts lots more stuff than just masonry
and you can say, "Diamonds are a guy's best friend."
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