About Paver Tools
Working with pavers can be difficult enough as it is, however, by using the right tools for the right materials and the right jobs, the whole experience can be much easier.
Tools such as trimmers, cutters and chisels are used to work on pavers. There are so many varieties of paver materials, like concrete, brick, clay and rubber, that some are easier to work with than others.
Therefore, there are tools that are right for some pavers and perhaps not strong enough for others. Working with the correct tools can avoid personal injury as well as preventing damage to the paver materials and tools also.
Hand Tools for Paving
Hand tools for paving work are becoming less useful, with the option of power tools available. Gone are the days when hand tools were used for cutting pavers, this has become a less economical form of crafting masonry materials.
Hand tools can sometimes do the job that power tools can. The main difference seems
to be the amount of time it takes using hand tools, compared to the time it takes when using power tools. This is why hand tools are sometimes not the first choice for builders.
The reasons for this is that time is money in the building industry. Hence, hand tools have often taken a back seat to power tools. Besides the time factor, hand tools are not always efficient when working with hard stone. In these cases more powerful tools are required.
Hand tools however have their place, when working with pavers. Hand tools are used in the paving industry for two main techniques; Trimming and Splitting.
Splitting is the process where pavers are needed to be cut or broken into parts. This is usually required when pavers need to be cut to fit into odd spacing.
First, the size of the paver space is measured and the paver is marked where it has to be cut. Then using a lump hammer, while supporting the paver, it is struck many times. This continues from left to right, while working your way to the center. After which, the unit should split into the desired size.
This is one way of using a hand tool, such as the lump hammer, to split pavers into required size.
Trimming pavers is applied after the pavers have been split, using the lump hammer. The paver may need to be tidied up by trimming the edges, or perhaps by removing small parts of the unit.
With the use of a chisel, the pavers are slowly chipped away, until the desired size or edging is achieved. So the use of this hand tool enables a smooth edged result.
Hence, the benefit of a hand tool, like the chisel, is that you can perform intricate, detailed procedures, which may be a little difficult with a power tool.