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Old 07-05-2007, 07:47 AM   #1
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I recently purchased the Quickrete Walk Maker form to put in a "stone" looking path from my driveway to the deck. I was wondering if anyone out there actually used one of these and could give me some real life reviews. I am on a budget and thought it would be a less expensive way to get the 28 foot walkway I wanted. I first thought the pavers were the way to go (the pre-formed 2' by 2') but the styles were not really what I wanted. This is also my first time working with concrete and just don't want to end up with a concrete "mess" in my yard. A neighbor recommended a practice one on a piece of plastic in the garage. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.

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Your post has been hanging out there for a while so I thought I'd jump in if it's not too late. Perhaps you could give us an update on your project.

I have not used the Walk Maker molds but I have done enough precast concrete to be able to share my experiences... the concept is the same. Working with concrete is a labor of love. It's hard work, can be messy, but leaves one with a feeling of satisfaction at project's completion. I think your neighbor gave some excellent advice as far as doing a "test run". You'll be able to find out very quickly if this is the life for you. And yes, with a few basic tools you can produce inexpensive concrete objects. As far as the mess is concerned, that's just the nature of the beast. You'll have to dedicate an area for cleanup and the disposal of unused concrete.

If you have any specific questions please respond and I'll do the best I can to help you out and I'm sure there's many others that will have valuable input as well.

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Old 07-16-2007, 09:01 PM   #3
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Secret Squirrel. THANK You for the response. I truly appreciate you giving me your advice. I actually gave completely up on the idea. I took the Walk Maker mold back to Home Depot. I am not sure if I mentioned this, but I am a woman and I thought the project was way over my head. Realizing I needed an 80 pound bag of concrete to make ONE mold and to do what I wanted required about 13 of them, I didn't have faith in myself. All I could see what this 80 pound slab (if in deed, it was a slab and not a blob) in my garage that I would have difficulty moving into place. What I ended up doing was special ordering "riverwalk" from Lowes and putting in the 16" by 16" pavers. Just a little leveling sand and alot of hard digging and the project is nearly done. It gave me more of the look I was going for. (also spent more $$ than I wanted but..what are you going to do)? Again, I appreciate your response. Good looking out!
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This is a very old post, but I wanted to encourage anyone reading that this is a project that a woman can do. I put a garden path in, doing most of it myself. My husband helped with the last six molds for the path.

Yes, the 60-lb bags are heavy. I bought them in small lots (4 to 6 bags at a time). I would purchase them the day before I was going to do the work. I moved the bags from my car to the back yard with a hand truck/dolly.

It was hard work, but it is completely doable. Make sure you use a respirator (breathing filter) so you don't breath in cement dust.

I stained the cement with three different colors (brown, terra cotta and buff) so that my walk has a mixed rock look. I did not use the full amount of dye because I wanted the colors to be muted. I mixed small batches (20lbs) of cement at a time. This made it easier to dye each batch and put three different colors at a time in the mold. Yes, this took longer, but the results are really nice.

I would only work about 4-5 hours at a time. It took about 24-30 hours of work total.

I have include two after photos and one before photo.

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Hello

My name is Linda. Would like to ask a couple of questions about your multi color walk path.

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Ask away! I will be happy to answer....although it's been a few years since I made the walkway.
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:27 PM   #7
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How has the walkway held up after a couple of years? I was considering using the walkmaker of the same mold design as you used. Any cracking? I like the way you dyed individual stones - looks great.
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Thanks! It's held up well but the color has faded but I am in the desert of AZ, so lots of sunny days!
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This is a very old post, but I wanted to encourage anyone reading that this is a project that a woman can do. I put a garden path in, doing most of it myself. My husband helped with the last six molds for the path.

Yes, the 60-lb bags are heavy. I bought them in small lots (4 to 6 bags at a time). I would purchase them the day before I was going to do the work. I moved the bags from my car to the back yard with a hand truck/dolly.

It was hard work, but it is completely doable. Make sure you use a respirator (breathing filter) so you don't breath in cement dust.

I stained the cement with three different colors (brown, terra cotta and buff) so that my walk has a mixed rock look. I did not use the full amount of dye because I wanted the colors to be muted. I mixed small batches (20lbs) of cement at a time. This made it easier to dye each batch and put three different colors at a time in the mold. Yes, this took longer, but the results are really nice.

I would only work about 4-5 hours at a time. It took about 24-30 hours of work total.

I have include two after photos and one before photo.

Good luck!
is it my imagination or do I see CHARCOAL stones too in the pictures? Looks like Buff, Brown, Terra Cotta and some Black (Charcoal)...

Thanks - Renee'

p.s. I'm a tiny "disabled" woman currently @ under 100 lbs but am wanting to do this as the multi-colors look so nice - already have the Quikcrete, dyes and the mold (my husband will help with lifting, etc)...

do you have any larger photos you could email? If so I'll send my email addy

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I used three Coles--buff, terra cotta and brown. It may be that some batches of brown were darker than others. I tried to keep proportions of cement:dye consistent. You cannot majestic large batches as the cement cures rather quickly.

Its back-breaking work. I could not do it today.

No pictures other than theses.

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If you decide to take on this project... I wrote some notes on a few things that I came across. I used the Pathmaker mold. I did not create them directly on the ground. I placed it on a piece of plywood which allowed me to let them dry in a safe location away from children and pets. When placing them on the ground I used curves, I found that a straight walkway looked less appealing. I avoided putting them in the same order. Varying the pattern made it look less cheesy. Bury them about an inch down with a inch gap between them so that grass can take hold between them or use moss milkshake to give it a more natural aged look. I plan to put down some moss after it settles into the ground a little. Be prepared for a backache. 80 pound bags will take their toll... I think I used about 12 bags of concrete. It took me two weekends totaling around 32 hours to complete because I also built a 7 inch thick porch for my storage shed which took an additional 8 bags of concrete. Be sure to wear gloves, concrete will seriously dry out your skin. If you are adding to an existing concrete patio... stick to using the same finish, if you have a plain colored patio, I found that adding color will only make it look unplanned and awkward. I had to throw in the colored stones as fill for the porch after deciding plain was the way to go.
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Pathmate concrete mold not pathmaker. Once the grass and moss gets established I will post a new picture.
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Very very good pics. Very clean looking concrete. Yes, curved paths are indeed better looking. Concrete maybe to clean. Where's the gravel though i always thought was needed in concrete ? Forgive my question, i know next to nothing about concrete. I tried using that readymix concrete without adding any additional sand/gravel, and i ended up with a cracked concrete slab...any pointers
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Wha specific "ready mix concrete", how big was the slab and for what purpose? If large, expansion joints? If for heavy traffic, wire mesh? Ron
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Usually these types of "stones" end up crumbling in a few years. I've not seen a lot of success with these path maker systems. Just my two cents.

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