How to Cut Landscaping Bricks

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Though landscaping bricks can be large and bulky, they are relatively easy to cut. There are three tools used to cut landscaping bricks: a wet paver saw; a dry masonry saw; or a masonry chisel. Wet paver saws are the easiest tools to use and may be available for rent at your local tool rental centre. Call them for pricing and availability.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Your choice of a wet paver saw, a dry masonry saw, or a masonry chisel.

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Instructions

    Wet Paver Saw

  1. 1

    Set the paver saw on a table or saw stand. Add water to the water reservoir, or remove the reservoir and place the water pump into a 5-gallon bucket full of water. This will provide a faster cleaning time.

  2. 2

    Plug the extension cord into a GFCI-protected outlet. Many rental centres include a GFCI outlet with the rental of the saw. If you have to use an extension cord, use a 10-gauge extension cord.

  3. 3

    Put on safety glasses and hearing protection. Mark the brick that needs to be cut and place it on the movable saw table and line the blade up with the cut mark. Turn the saw on and move the brick through the saw blade with a slow, steady motion. Do not try to cut the brick too fast. You may damage the brick, the saw or both if you attempt to cut too quickly.

  4. 4

    Turn the saw off and put the cut brick into place to test the fit. If it is still too large, trim off the needed amount and install the brick.

    Dry Masonry Saw

  1. 1

    Install a 7-inch masonry saw blade on any 7 1/4-inch circular saw.

  2. 2

    Put safety glasses and hearing protection on. Mark the brick to be cut. Place the brick on the ground and step on it with one foot to keep it in place. If the brick needs to be cut in a place that will not allow you to keep it in place with your foot, place the brick on bare ground to hold it in place.

  3. 3

    Turn the saw on and complete the cut. Be sure the dust will blow away from you so you do not breathe the dust.

  4. 4

    Put the cut brick into place to test the fit. If it is still too large, trim off the needed amount and install the brick.

    Masonry Chisel

  1. 1

    Mark the brick on all four sides. Put safety glasses on.

  2. 2

    Use a masonry chisel and a mallet or hammer to score each side of the brick along the cut line.

  3. 3

    Place the masonry chisel on a cut line and give it a really good whack with the hammer or mallet. The brick should crack and break cleanly along each score line. This method is much less precise than cutting with a wet saw or masonry blade, so have a few extra bricks available if something goes wrong.

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