Mark Powers saws into a concrete driveway
Photo: Kolin Smith

Step 3: Cut the Edges

Using a concrete saw, cut the asphalt along the chalk line. Don't bother trying to hold the saw level; instead, let it sit on the asphalt and rock it forward to cut one small section at a time. To keep dust down, attach a hose to the fitting on the saw and run water through it as you cut, or have a helper hose down the asphalt in front of the blade while you're working. Repeat all steps for the other side of the driveway.

Don't let the saw penetrate the base course or soil under the asphalt, as this will dull the blade. Asphalt drives are usually 3 to 4 inches thick; gauge yours as you work so that your cuts don't go too deep.
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    Tools List

    • chalk line
      Chalk line
    • dust mask
      Dust mask
    • ear muffs
      Hearing protection
    • hammer
    • concrete saw
      Concrete saw (Rents for about $50 a day from The Home Depot)
    • trenching spade
      Square-tip spade
    • brick set
      Brick set
    • maul
    • mason's trowel
      Mason's trowel
    • mallet
      Rubber mallet
    • push broom
      Push broom

    Shopping List

    1. Nails Make sure they're at least 3 inches long

    2. Standard Concrete Mix such as Quikrete

    3. Belgian block stone Available at stone yards in a variety of sizes and shapes 4. Mason's Line to align the blocks It won't stretch or sag like regular string

    5. Stakes

    6. Paver Base Also known as stone dust

    7. Flowers and plants for landscaping