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Old 06-11-2010, 12:20 PM
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How do I make concrete pavers for a patio? Do I need a special concrete mix or will any do? How thick do they need to be? They'll have the weight of people and maybe some patio furniture on them like a bench or something. Nothing real heavy. I just want square ones maybe about 18" square. How do you add color to them?
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Old 06-11-2010, 03:51 PM
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You need a form to hold the concrete til it sets. They need to be at least one and a half inches thick. If you're buying bagged concrete mix, they will cost you more made that way than bought at wally's.
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You need a form to hold the concrete til it sets. They need to be at least one and a half inches thick. If you're buying bagged concrete mix, they will cost you more made that way than bought at wally's.
I don't think we have a wally's out here. I priced them at walmart today and it seems like it would be cheaper to make my own. I can't remember what the price was but it was around $1.50 each for a 12 x 12.
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Quickcrete makes a form and has some info on thier site. the link shows the form if you go to the projects section they should have have info.
http://www.quikrete.com/ProductLines...unningBond.asp

Just remember if you make them yourself or buy them the base is the most important part if they are not on a solid surface they will shift and crack
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Wally's or wally-world are names for Wal-Mart.

A bag of cement at Lowes is $3.75 and it will cover .6 sq feet 2 " thick.
A 12X12 stepping stone at Lowes cost $1.24 and it covers 1 sq. foot.
Looks like precast stepping stones are a lot cheaper plus a lot less work.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_10385-286-11...Term=quickrete

http://www.lowes.com/pd_19183-215-104601999_4294846907_?zipCode=98932&masthead=true& firstReferURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lowes.com%2Fwebapp% 2Fwcs%2Fstores%2Fservlet%2FCategoryDisplay%3FlangI d%3D-1%26storeId%3D10151%26catalogId%3D10051%26%26N%3D4 294846907&catalogId=10051&catalogId=10051&productI d=3018983&findStoreErrorURL=StoreLocatorDisplayVie w&selectedLocalStoreBeanArray=

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Old 06-11-2010, 08:38 PM
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An 80 lb bag of premixed concrete is .6 of a cubic foot.

So you can get almost five 1.5" thick 1' x 1' pavers from a bag.

$3.75/5= 75 cents a piece.


It'd be much cheaper to go to your local masonry supply and buy gravel/sand mix in bulk.....I shovel it into 5 gallon pails. Then buy a bag of portland cement at Lowe's or Home Depot.

The secret to blocks that last is vibrating the mix in the mold. A palm sander works good for that.

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An 80 lb bag of premixed concrete is .6 of a cubic foot.

So you can get almost five 1.5" thick 1' x 1' pavers from a bag.

$3.75/5= 75 cents a piece.


It'd be much cheaper to go to your local masonry supply and buy gravel/sand mix in bulk.....I shovel it into 5 gallon pails. Then buy a bag of portland cement at Lowe's or Home Depot.

The secret to blocks that last is vibrating the mix in the mold. A palm sander works good for that.

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.75 isn't too bad. I was thinking too that maybe I could decorate some and sell them. The tourists are out and about now.
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Maybe I could make a some decorative ones and sell them and then buy the plain ones for me with the money. I thought I'd just make a bag of them here and there as I got the money and start putting them in where I'm sick of the grass growing. I only need about 6000 of them LOL!
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Quickcrete makes a form and has some info on thier site. the link shows the form if you go to the projects section they should have have info.
http://www.quikrete.com/ProductLines...unningBond.asp

Just remember if you make them yourself or buy them the base is the most important part if they are not on a solid surface they will shift and crack
It does just say concrete mix. So I guess I don't need anything special. I thought there was a concrete that was finer or something like that that they use to make concrete statues with. Maybe it just has to be sanded or something to make it really smooth.
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That's what I get for trusting Lowes.
Their site said .6 sq ft.
Every year at work they have a day all the kids can come and they make stepping stones.
The kids get to decorate them with what ever they feel like.
Rocks, buttons, marbles, and of course the hand prints and date.
Big hit with the kids and grownups.
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I make tessellated (interlocking) paver blocks.....always a great conversation piece!!!

http://www.geckostone.com/pavers.html

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Martin, Those are really neat, have never seen anything like them ... you just don't expect to walk out onto say a patio and see it's made like these...talk about a conversation starter! Good for you!
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That's what I get for trusting Lowes.
Their site said .6 sq ft.
Every year at work they have a day all the kids can come and they make stepping stones.
The kids get to decorate them with what ever they feel like.
Rocks, buttons, marbles, and of course the hand prints and date.
Big hit with the kids and grownups.
Hope they're a big hit down here too, maybe I can make some money!
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http://www.geckostone.com/pavers.html

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Those are neat! I've never seen those before!
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good luck selling them to tourists. Around here, concrete yard statues seem to be the main industry, exagerating slightly . How much do you ask for one Martin?
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good luck selling them to tourists. Around here, concrete yard statues seem to be the main industry, exagerating slightly . How much do you ask for one Martin?
I was looking into the molds for those too. Seems almost everyone likes concrete statues, including me. I'm looking for lake related ones (lighthouses, etc.).
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I don't sell the, just make them for my own use.



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Concrete is likely to crack if there is excess water in the mix. To avoid this, make sure you know the allowable water for the mix even before you begin the project. Remember that concrete comes in different strengths.remember that concrete should never be poured on frozen ground.
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