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Posted August 21, 2012 - 02:39 PM

For those of you who haven't used special forms for a decorative area, I highly recommend the following. I used a "borrowed" form from my neighbor recently and again today (may not take it back ) and thought I'd share with you all. It has a pretty high "Results to Effort" factor.

I'm using a Quickrete 2'x2' stone form and 1 80# bag of Quickrete for each 2ft section (mixed with only 1 Gallon of water.) After setting 3 I took these pics.P8210068.JPG P8210071.JPG P8210067.JPG P8210069.JPG P8210070.JPG P8210072.JPG P8210073.JPG
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Posted August 21, 2012 - 02:43 PM

I wondered how well those worked. That looks awesome. Lee!
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Posted August 21, 2012 - 03:39 PM

I wondered how well those worked. That looks awesome. Lee!

Really , the only hard part is mixing-(its a pretty stiff mix). They suggest a trowel-I used a gloved fist to tightly fill each area and then just smoothed by hand-no trowel--5 minutes later, pull up the form and move on

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Posted August 21, 2012 - 03:40 PM

That looks fantastic.. Nice work.. Thanks for sharing..

I have that pattern hanging in the shop for next spring.. a long sidewalk into the yard and a big patio for the fire pit.. I might buy a concrete mixer its looking to be a big job..
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Posted August 21, 2012 - 04:06 PM

that looks good, I wonder if I could do that.
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Posted August 21, 2012 - 05:15 PM

that looks good, I wonder if I could do that.

Absolutely you could. So you screw up a piece, shovel it up and do it over. Believe me, if I can do it, my grandmother could do it.

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Posted August 21, 2012 - 05:21 PM

That looks fantastic.. Nice work.. Thanks for sharing..

I have that pattern hanging in the shop for next spring.. a long sidewalk into the yard and a big patio for the fire pit.. I might buy a concrete mixer its looking to be a big job..

If you're doing a big job, consider 2 forms-I think they're about $18 at Lowes- I've always had about 2-3 shovelsfull left after 1 setting. I leave it set 5 minutes. The directions say 1 minute, but if the mix is bad, it could slump after only a minute.

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Posted August 21, 2012 - 05:28 PM

Wow, that's a very professional look. You have to be pleased with that!
are you going to fill in between with something?


I saw a couple of guys use something like this:
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Just pour, smooth, trowel this just into the top or the concrete, (they added a stain at this point) and peel it up when set.

Looked like the middle area when done
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Kinda neat to watch the results take shape.
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Posted August 21, 2012 - 05:50 PM

Wow, that's a very professional look. You have to be pleased with that!
are you going to fill in between with something?


I saw a couple of guys use something like this:
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Just pour, smooth, trowel this just into the top or the concrete, (they added a stain at this point) and peel it up when set.

Looked like the middle area when done
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Kinda neat to watch the results take shape.

That IS neat---Its almost an art form, when color tint or other textures are used. All I did was in the last photo. I added some pea gravel between the "stones"

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Posted August 22, 2012 - 08:49 PM

That looks nice Lee and looks like a pretty simple process with good end results.
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Posted August 24, 2012 - 04:52 AM

That looks good Lee. :thumbs:
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Posted August 24, 2012 - 08:41 AM

Lee, it looks pretty simple. The results are a very good ratio to input. Thanks for sharing this.
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Posted August 26, 2012 - 02:55 PM

That's really nice looking. I used Quikrete to put up the new bird feeder and was happy with how it worked. Some day, if i feel amibitius, I might try one of those.
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Posted October 05, 2012 - 06:43 PM

What a nice job! I assume you do the pours over a regular tamped gravel base? I think you just solved some walk work I'll be coming into.

Anybody know if they make a 3pt cement mixer?
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Posted October 05, 2012 - 07:03 PM

For those of you who haven't used special forms for a decorative area, I highly recommend the following. I used a "borrowed" form from my neighbor recently and again today (may not take it back ) and thought I'd share with you all. It has a pretty high "Results to Effort" factor.


Toolpartz, how thick are those bricks when done?
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