removing rough edges from a newly cut asphalt driveway edge
Photo: Kolin Smith

Step 6: Clean Up and Back-Cut the Rough Edges

In spots where the asphalt was thicker or wasn't cut cleanly, use a brick set and a maul to remove loose or stray chunks. Hold the brick set at an angle slightly off vertical as you work; this will undercut the surface slightly for better adhesion of the mortar. Repeat all steps for the other side of the driveway.
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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