Pouring your own concrete pathway is easier than most people think and will increase the value and curb appeal of your home. Building a strong form will ensure a sturdy pathway that will not shift or crack. Laying a concrete pathway will require that you gather the necessary materials before beginning the project.
Things You Will Need
You will need to obtain a good length of construction grade twine and enough stakes to stake out the perimeter of your pathway every two feet and enough 2X4's to line the perimeter completely. Three inch nails will be necessary to fix the 2X4's to the stakes. You will need enough sand to lay a two inch base. For larger projects or just higher quality projects you will want to lay rebar to keep the pathway from cracking or shifting. You will need to purchase plastic "chairs" to raise the rebar off the sand and wire for tying the rebar at the joints. If you are pouring your own concrete you will need to buy enough concrete to lay the desired thickness and something to mix the concrete in.
Concrete forms can be used for many types of projects. Concrete forms are used for pathways, barriers, foundations and patios. All concrete projects have the same concept when laying the forms. It is important to have a good idea of where the boundaries of the project are and where the project will intersect with fixed objects such as trees, houses, existing concrete and patios. Ensure that the area that you selected has no shallow utility lines or plumbing that you will disturb. Once this is accomplished you can begin digging up the area that the pathway will follow. You will want to dig out the area and use a rake to even out the foundation. Use the sand to create a shallow but solid foundation and to fill in low spots.
Step 2The form
The most important step in creating a concrete walkway is the form. You will want to use the twine and stake to create the boundary of the pathway. Once the stakes are driven in securely every two feet it is at this point you will lay the 2X4's on end to create the form boundary. Ensure that there are no gaps at the joints and the nails are driven in securely
Step 3Laying the rebar
Pack dirt along the base of the 2X4's to make sure that the concrete does not leak out along the base. If you are planning on laying rebar you will want to do so at this point. Use the plastic chairs to raise the rebar off the surface and the metal wire to tie the rebar together at the joints.
Step 4Pour the concrete
At this point you can either have a concrete company pour the concrete or if you are mixing your own concrete you will want to pour it at this point and make sure that it is evenly dispersed and edge properly. Once the concrete has been given sufficient time to dry you can remove the forms.
When laying a concrete pathway, it is important to ensure that the form is sturdy and does not have any gaps in which the concrete can leak from.