How to Lay Concrete Sidewalk Blocks
Sidewalk blocks aren't a difficult thing to make or install on your property. Most of the work comes from preparing the ground where you want the sidewalk blocks installed. Once the ground has been prepared you can then create the sidewalk blocks and the following article will show you how.
Step 1 - Covering the Area
When pouring sidewalk blocks it's always a great idea to make sure that the finished block will be protected. Sidewalk blocks are prone to damage by none other than weeds and other organic life. Weeds are able to force their way into the concrete and cause it to crack. In order to prevent this from happening you will want to place a layer of landscaper's fabric in the hole. Make sure it covers the bottom and is flat. The edges of the fabric should also be tight. Trim any excess fabric that goes above the top of the hole.
Step 2 - Create the Forms
In order to pour sidewalk blocks you will want to use a form made out of wood. It is important to use a form if you want sidewalk blocks that do not have dirt mixed throughout the concrete. They also prevent the flow of the concrete to other areas where you may not want concrete to go such as in space between blocks. Measure the holes your dug and cut pieces of 2x4 to match the width and the length of the holes. Nail the pieces together in order to create a single form. Use one form for each of the sidewalk blocks. Place the form inside the holes and use the mallet to tape them slightly below the surface.
Step 3 - Mix the Concrete
Read the instructions on the back of the concrete you are using. This is important because you want to make sure the mix is correct depending on the humidity and elevation you are installing the sidewalk blocks. Pour the concrete into the wheelbarrow and add the correct amount of water. Use the rake to mix the concrete to get a smooth mixture.
Step 4 - Pour the Concrete
Wheel the concrete mixture over to the form and fill up one form at a time. Use the rake to push the concrete into the forms as well as to push the concrete around to fill the area in and make it as level as possible. Continue to Step 5 and pour each of the sidewalk blocks independently of one another to avoid rushing.
Step 5 - Finishing
Concrete is a slow moving substance and the likelihood of it spreading out in such a way that you do not to finish the job is very slim. Once the concrete is poured inside the form and spread out with the rake you need to make it even. Use a piece of 2x4 the same width of the site and begin at one end and drag toward the other. This will compact the concrete and make it a flat and even surface.