How to Build a Walkway with QUIKRETE Walkmaker

Posted on May 19, 2017 By

Building a pathway with QUIKRETE WalkMaker. Building a new concrete walkway can seem like a challenging and time-consuming home project, but with the QUIKRETE WalkMaker, creating a new walkway or garden path can be completed in a few easy steps. The QUIKRETE WalkMaker is a reusable two foot by two foot plastic form made of recycled plastic. The WalkMaker form can simply be placed on the ground and filled with concrete.

No extensive surface preparation or form building is required. To get started, prepare the project site by leveling the ground, removing sod or soil as needed. Because the WalkMaker allows the concrete to conform to the surface of the contours, very little preparation is necessary. QUIKRETE Crack-Resistant Concrete Mix is recommended for use with the WalkMaker. Crack-Resistant Concrete is fiber-reinforced to reduce shrinkage cracking and to improve the impact resistance. The rich mix is also very workable and easy to finish. Each WalkMaker form is designed for use with one 80 lb.

Bag of QUIKRETE Concrete Mix. Try adding one of the five QUIKRETE Cement Colors to the standard gray concrete mix.

Liquid colors can add a decorative touch to your project, with professional results. Use one 10 oz bottle of QUIKRETE Liquid Cement Color to color up to two bags of 60 or 80 lb concrete mix. The liquid cement color should be blended into the mixing water, before adding it to the mix. Make sure to use the same water to color ratio. This will help maintain color uniformity from batch to batch. Place the WalkMaker form on the ground, and begin to fill the cavities with concrete. Using a margin trowel, press the concrete mix into the form. Work from the corners to consolidate the concrete and eliminate any voids. Next, just smooth the surface and immediately remove the form.

There’s no need to wait for the concrete to set. Then, simply rotate the form a quarter of a turn to vary the pattern for a random look.

Before the concrete becomes thumb-print hard, in about an hour or so, use a trowel to smooth away any rough edges. Begin curing the concrete immediately after the sheen has left the surface. Freshly placed concrete should be water-cured for a minimum of three to five days with a fine water mist. The curing step is necessary for concrete to achieve its designed strength and for a durable, long-lasting surface. Curing will also reduce shrinkage cracking. The need for water curing can be eliminated by applying QUIKRETE Acrylic Concrete Cure & Seal immediately after finishing the concrete. Acrylic Cure & Seal can be applied with a roller, garden sprayer or a brush. Acrylic Cure & Seal will also provide a semi-gloss sheen that repels water and protects the concrete from oil, grease, and food stains. Because each WalkMaker form requires just one 80 lb bag of concrete, an entire WalkMaker project can be completed over a weekend…or you can complete one section at a time, as your schedule permits.

WalkMaker projects can easily be completed by one person or it can involve an entire family.

QUIKRETE WalkMakers are available in a variety of form patterns, including: Country Stone, European Block, Running Bond Brick, and Basket-Weave. Simply choose the pattern that suits your landscape design..

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