We tell how to make a "paved" cement path with your own hands. It will be much cheaper than if you were laying it out of paving slabs or a decorative stone. We'll have to tinker a bit, but even a beginner can handle it!
What is required?
- rubble or gravel
- wood planks
- cement form,
- adhesive tape or duct tape
- concrete mixer.
Step 1: Prepare a spot for the track.
Mark the place where you plan to break the path. Level up the ground as much as possible, so that the path is turned out without bumps and depressions.
Make a border on the perimeter of the track from the wooden plates. Pour a layer of sand and gravel or rubble, smooth it. Only after these procedures, you can begin to manufacture the track itself.
Step 2: Knead the cement mortar
It is best for our purposes to choose cement with sufficient strength - grades m200-m500. Ensure that there are no lumps in the cement. If necessary, sift it.
Knead the grout from 3 parts of sand, 1 part of cement and about 1 part of water. It is best to add water to the eye - the solution should be thick enough to easily pour into the mold, but not spread.
The life of the cement mortar is about 2 hours. After that, it will begin to harden, so do not dilute too much at one time.
Step 3: Attach the form
If you use a ready-made form for cement, the work will be simple. It will be enough to attach a stencil and pour it with a solution. If necessary, level the surface of the wet cement with a spatula. Wait until the mass hardens a little, release the form and attach it to a new place.
Thus fill the maximum amount of the intended track.
Step 4: Fill in the blanks
Naturally, the finished form will not be able to fit into all the bends of the garden path. You will certainly have omissions.
To fill them, make the forms yourself, bending the strips of cardboard and holding them together with tape or tape.
Fill the cardboard stencil with cement mortar and leave to dry overnight until it is completely cured.
The main secret here is to try to find a similar shape for future “cobblestones” so that they do not contrast with the shape of the stones made with the help of a stencil.
If you do not have a form for cement, you can initially make the entire stencil of cardboard.
Step 5: Remove the Stencil
After the cement mortar has dried, remove the cardboard stencil. The joints between the "cobblestones" can be filled with cement chips, fine gravel or other bulk materials at your discretion.
The board fence can also be removed and replaced with some more creative curb for a garden path.
The track is ready! In the same way, you can pave the patio or barbecue area near the house.