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Old 06-19-2014, 05:46 PM   #1
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What's an easy way of doing concrete curbing without the specialized equipment?

I'm interested in the 4-5 inches variety that acts more like edging in a landscape design. I see in youtube landscapers using this machine that rolls along the line while being fed concrete. Just looking for other options on doing something similar.

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Form it up and pore it.
Buy it preformed and stake in place

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Hi Joe,

Thanks for the reply. Could you give me a link with a preform example?

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That little machine is basically a hopper feeding a slip form. You can do the same thing cheaply, unless your time is worth something.

Build a form from 1x4 sides, about 6-12" long (depending upon the tightest radius you plan on making). Leave both ends open, as well as the bottom. Make sure you have plenty of support across the top and down the sides to prevent the form from opening up (obviously you will need to leave most of the top open as well so you can place the concrete). Then simply place it in the slight trench you have prepared, fill with concrete and slide it on down.

You will need to mix very dry for this, and add water from a spray bottle as you finish (trowel) it. One 80# bag of concrete mix will do about 6' of 4x4 edging, which is about all you can work at once anyway, maybe 12' if you are good.
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Have you thought about placing bricks along the edges to form a border? That would certainly be easier and would give you flexibility to change your beds if you want to.
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got to thinking vibration would make his placement MUCH easier as the engine-driven extruders also vibrate from the engine torque,,, the op might want to grab up that little batt powr'd thingie out of the nitestand upgrade the batteries, too
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That little machine is basically a hopper feeding a slip form. You can do the same thing cheaply, unless your time is worth something.

Build a form from 1x4 sides, about 6-12" long (depending upon the tightest radius you plan on making). Leave both ends open, as well as the bottom. Make sure you have plenty of support across the top and down the sides to prevent the form from opening up (obviously you will need to leave most of the top open as well so you can place the concrete). Then simply place it in the slight trench you have prepared, fill with concrete and slide it on down.

You will need to mix very dry for this, and add water from a spray bottle as you finish (trowel) it. One 80# bag of concrete mix will do about 6' of 4x4 edging, which is about all you can work at once anyway, maybe 12' if you are good.
Thanks! This is a great suggestion. I'm gonna give it a try.
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got to thinking vibration would make his placement MUCH easier as the engine-driven extruders also vibrate from the engine torque,,, the op might want to grab up that little batt powr'd thingie out of the nitestand upgrade the batteries, too
That little thingie belongs to my wife and she's very protective of it. I think you missed a topic or two?
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Have you thought about placing bricks along the edges to form a border? That would certainly be easier and would give you flexibility to change your beds if you want to.
I've thought of this but feel that this will get displaced in the long run. I can break up concrete with my mini hammer demolisher if needed as this curbing won't be so much...

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