Quikrete Walkmaker?

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Old 05-12-05, 08:50 PM
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Quikrete Walkmaker?

I searched, found nothing... has anyone used one of these? I'm thinking of replacing my stepping stone walkway with this.

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...-32&lpage=none

http://www.quikrete.com/diy/WalkMake...akerMolds.html

As far as quikrete goes, I remember back when I was at Lowe's, we had a quikrete vendor that demo'ed this once. He used what seemed like a 5 gallon barrel with a special lid on it, to mix quikrete. It seemed real easy since all he had to do was lay it down and roll it around. I didn't see one of these mixers while at Lowe's tonight. Is it best to just mix it in a wheelbarow? I would prefer not to do that, as it's only a small, junky 4cuft.

I think I'll use the sand as a topper for abbrasion and then fill in between with sand also, or I could use dirt (have about half a load left). I would assume sand is perfered?

It should be easy to prepar the base, as there's no topsoil present. I'll just remove the boards/steps/woodchips and level it out.

This will be my first concrete type project and I'm looking to learn as much as possible before hand.

anyways, just looking for thoughts and opinons.

here's what I have now

http://www.krawdaddy.net/misc/images/IMG_0011.JPG
 
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Old 05-13-05, 06:06 PM
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http://i6.ebayimg.com/01/i/02/c6/74/75_2.JPG Perhaps you could e-mail quikrete and get a list of vendors.

These seem to be handy, but mixing a lot of concrete to make a lot of blocks seems to be a lot of work. This might enable you to make a few at a time.

I woul use sand as a filler for its uniformity and lack of fertility to keep weeds at bay. It will pack somewhat more uniformly between the stones.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 05-16-05, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by chfite
http://i6.ebayimg.com/01/i/02/c6/74/75_2.JPG Perhaps you could e-mail quikrete and get a list of vendors.

These seem to be handy, but mixing a lot of concrete to make a lot of blocks seems to be a lot of work. This might enable you to make a few at a time.

I woul use sand as a filler for its uniformity and lack of fertility to keep weeds at bay. It will pack somewhat more uniformly between the stones.

Hope this helps.

thanks.. that's exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately, neither of our big box stores carry them I'll try emailing the company.


Contingency plan? I guess it can be mixed in my wheel barrow? Are there any other tricks/tips to mixing?
 
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Old 05-20-05, 02:44 PM
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Hey Kraw, I just used the Walkmaker mold to do a patio behind our house. My project (15x15) is probably a little bit big for the Walkmaker, but it turned out well. I used 2 of the molds, rented a mixer, and used 50 80lb. bags of quikrete. I also colored the concrete with 2 different integral colors. A couple of my friends and my Dad helped me.

It was a lot of work, no doubt, but the cost savings were pretty big. Just the 16" natural "stone" pavers I priced came to over $500. I was able to do my patio and pergola for around that price.

I still need to finish the joints, and I have a product called Evirostone I plan on using. It's a polymeric sand product that sets up similar to a mortar, but stays more flexible. that should prevent any weeds, and help hold everything together well.

Here's a pic. I still need to tighten up the joints in a couple of spots, and the lighter color towards the back is the section we poured on day 1 so it is a bit dryer than the stones in the front.

http://img141.echo.cx/my.php?image=patio0dz.jpg

You can contact me if you need any tips on using the molds, I'm pretty much an expert now. LOL!
 
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thx for the info We completed the first step. Took about 4 hrs to mix/pour it all. I think we used 10 bags of 80lb mix.

First bag, we mixed in the Quikrete mixing bucket thingy. The lid was hard to get off and the mix was poor. Second bag, we couldn't get the lid off. Needless to say, the bucket is an 80lb brick now DON'T BUY THIS BUCKET MIXER

finished up the old fashioned way... in a wheel barrow

I'm pretty happy with the way it looks. We'll be putting sand in the cracks this weekend and grading the sides.

I like it alot.


http://www.krawdaddy.net/stuff/walkway.htm
 
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Old 06-03-05, 11:31 AM
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Kraw, if you can find it I highly recommend you use the Envirostone product . I swept it in between the walkmaker molds I poured and the stuff is great. Once it dries it is hard like a mortar, but if I need to repair a stone the Envirostone can be soaked with water and it becomes workable again. The color also worked well with my colored concrete.

Here's a pic of the finished walkmaker molds with the Envirostone swept in.

Your walk looks good by the way, good luck.

http://img133.echo.cx/my.php?image=patiodone13hd.jpg
 
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where did you find that stuff from? I just used paver sand and watered it. It's supposed to work well I thought.

One mistake I made was not using sand as a base. Some of the bricks move a bite and are uneven. But that's ok, the wife likes "primitive" look, so, uneven is good
 
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I've used masonry mix for the joints. I just swept it in and give a light spray down .
You can also mix the masonry mix in with the sand to firm things up
 
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How large is the form? And how many pourings (sets of stones) can you get from a bag of mix?

Does the mix you used have pebbles? I didn't see any in the photos. What is the "texture" on the surface of the stones? Do you smooth it with a trowel or leave it somewhat rough?

I need to extend a walkway and this seems like a less expensive way.
 
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Old 06-07-05, 05:36 AM
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Originally Posted by hdtvluvr
How large is the form? And how many pourings (sets of stones) can you get from a bag of mix?
I got about 1 and 1/2 pourings from an 80lb bag. I had measured the length and the recommended bags was 17, but I only used 10.

As far as how large the form is, I'll have to measure when I get off work. I'm thinking it's 2'x2'ish

Originally Posted by hdtvluvr
Does the mix you used have pebbles? I didn't see any in the photos. What is the "texture" on the surface of the stones? Do you smooth it with a trowel or leave it somewhat rough?

I need to extend a walkway and this seems like a less expensive way.
depends on the mix I guess. I got the regular ol' quikrete mix from Lowe's for about 2.85 a bag. It has everything in it. Just add water. I found myself adding more water then what it required, but it was in the 90's outside. I guess it could have been evaporating rapidly. I'm no expert and this is my first time using quikrete.

As I went, I found that the wetter the top was, the easier it was to trowel smooth. Some of the stones are rough, especially the first few I made.
 
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