Project Overview

When laying pavers, you will often find that you need to cut them to fit different size spaces. There are two easy methods for doing this. Follow our step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to use an angle grinder to cut pavers. Alternatively, you can use a chisel and hammer for the same job. 
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How to pave

Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure paver length
2 Cutting pavers with an angle grinder
3 Cutting pavers with a hammer and chisel
4 Slot in cut pavers
  • Step 1. Measure paver length

    Measure the space you want to fill and transfer that measurement to the paver. If cutting multiple pavers, it’s a good idea to write the measurements on the underside of each one. 
  • Step 2. Cutting pavers with an angle grinder

    Mark up your measurement on the paver and use an angle grinder to cut through it. Make sure you cut to the outside of your pencil line so your paver fits nice and snug. If the paver is too thick to cut all the way through, then use a hammer to knock it off. Knock off any rough parts or match any beveled edging with the angle grinder.

  • Step 3. Cutting pavers with a hammer and chisel

    Measure and mark up your pavers as per Step 1. To cut the paver with a hammer and chisel, place the chisel just outside the line and tap gently with the hammer until the brick splits. Knock off any sharp edges with the chisel. Once you’re done, place the cut pavers into position as per Step 1. 

  • Step 4. Slot in cut pavers

    Slot the cut pavers into place and tap them in with a rubber hammer. Then sweep up any excess sand into the gaps.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Angle grinder
  • Chisel
  • Cutting board
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Rubber mallet
  • Safety gear
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