How to cut paving slabs: three ways to get a precise finish

Angle grinder cutting green hexagonal paving slabs
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Knowing how to cut paving slabs is essential to getting a crisp, clean finish. It’s a relatively simple DIY job, but you really need to have the right tools and some necessary know-how, which you can find in this guide.

You might have great patio ideas lurking in your head or on paper, but to make sure it looks like you imagine you need to choose the right technique and tools to do the job, or alternatively call out a professional. 

Here we take a look at a basic hand powered technique alongside a power tool technique and tell you how it's done.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.