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Walk Way Concrete Molds - Used One?


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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted April 20 2008 - 07:16 AM

You can see one here: Walkmaker™ Stone Mold

We've got a bird feeder on pole stuck in the ground and my wife is thinking this would be handy create a stone border for it to cut down on the seeds germinating there.

Anyone used these things? Do you like them? I supposed the resultant bricks should be placed on a bed of sand? This particular mold doesn't look like it would be handy creating a circular pattern.

I notice that Lowes has crack-resistance concrete mix. It has "special fibers" to reduce drying and cracking. It costs a couple bucks more a bag than the regular.
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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted April 20 2008 - 07:35 AM

I found this idea for curves at Concrete Paths, Walk-Maker, Walkmaker, Building Paths, Concrete Walkways, Quikrete Walkmaker, Path Forms, Using Quikrete, Concrete Stones
I like the first method better.

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Posted April 20 2008 - 08:02 AM

Your link doesn't work properly because of the colon at the end of html. The first method sounds like it would be easier: less hassle making everything match up properly.
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Posted April 20 2008 - 11:59 PM

I've used it and can heartily recommend it. Don't bother with making a bed of sand. It doesn't make "bricks" that you place anywhere. It just lets you pour in place. Just dig out the sod and compact the soil, and you're ready to go.

You can form circular or curved pathways using the methods Johnny quoted above. I prefer the first method, too. Just use Willian Alexander's "Wet on Wet" technique (Posted Image), and you'll be making curved pathways in no time.

This thing is handy, but don't kid yourself. Mixing and forming concrete one bag at a time is hard work.

For an extra bit of finish, you can get powdered concrete stain and sprinkle and float (using a floating tool) it on top of the concrete before it sets. It makes it look more stone-like and comes in different colors.
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#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted April 21 2008 - 02:52 AM

Yeah, I kinda figured it would be hard work. Maybe I'm better off just buying pavers or something like that. Would you recommend the readycrete cement or can I just use any brand?
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Posted April 21 2008 - 03:08 AM

you can use any brand at all, but I would stay away from the quick-setting kind used to set posts. I wouldn't mess with the fiber reinforced stuff, either. That stuff is great if you're pouring a slab for a barn, but it's overkill just for foot traffic.
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Posted April 21 2008 - 04:30 AM

I would have thought these smaller cast stones would be more susceptible to cracking from foot traffic.
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