Wednesday, December 7, 2011

QUIKRETE COBBLESTONE PATH MOLD

I'M SO EXCITED!

Over the weekend, I found something I had been looking for.  2nd Family down at the other end of the property found it a few years ago and has used it extensively to make some paths around their yard.

I had found them online but I was hoping to find it locally.  I finally did find it at Lowe's carried it but was out and Home Depot did not carry it all.

Here it is at Amazon:  Quikrete 6921-32 Walk Maker

It was even on sale and had Amazon's free shipping plan.

It's the Quikrete Walk Maker.

What is that you ask?

Quikrete Path Mold
It's a 2' x 2' mold that you put down on the ground, mix up some Quikrete, fill it up and level it...


...then you lift it off the formed concrete, move it to the end of what you have just created and then start over.  Just repeat this step over and over, and you end up with...

Example of Cobblestone Path
...something like this!  A nice cobblestone path for the yard!  You can even add coloring to the mix to give them the exact look you want, or fill the gaps with dirt or sand or moss.  I think we want to go the moss route, to give the paths the appearance that they have always been there.


The first place I'm going to work on is this path that will lead from the new stairs on the end of the porch toward the "party tree". 

Future Cobblestone Path
The nice thing is our new stairs are 4' wide, and this mold is 2' x 2'.  So I'll just need to do two side by side and then proceed in a curve toward wherever we want our path to go.  I've got some overhead views of the property that we're currently looking at in order to figure out some options.  This is something I can do a few at a time each weekend.

Quikrete Walk Maker


Should be a fun, and best of all, rewarding, project. 

26 comments:

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

I've wanted that since the first day we moved here..I think Home Depot or Lowes here had it , but it was another one of those projects that got lost with time..Now thinking about it I can use it around my beds, and a walk to the garden...if hubby is willing .I'm supposed to be resting :o)

1st Man said...

Ginny - Yep, I have wanted them since I first saw them at 2nd Family's house. She was putting them down one 2x2 section at a time and it looked SO good. They even put bits of glass and shells and stuff in them to personalize them. So the other day I was thinking of things to do this Winter and I thought "why not get the paths made?". Can't wait to start. I'll post photos when I do it! I'd come help you with yours if I could, ha.

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited to see someone use this. I've been wanting to see the results. Please keep us updated, looks like it should be a fun project!! Love your blog by the way. Enjoying the journey!

1st Man said...

Anon - Thanks for following along. Yes, I should be starting this project soon, just as soon as we figure out where we want the paths to go and what shape they should take. I'll be here on the blog every step of the way!

Leslie said...

That is so cool! I like things that I can do myself little bits at a time. That path will look so good there. I look forward to seeing your progress and learning from you.

Anonymous said...

How do I get a quikrete walkmaker? Please help I'm in Johannesburg South Africa. My e-mail is smdulie@yahoo.com

1st Man said...

Try Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Quikrete-6921-32-Walk-Maker/dp/B00002N8SO

Have sent you an email as well.

Ann Wilds said...

Did you complete this project. Would love an update with photos.

Anonymous said...

Love it!

1st Man said...

I'd definitely give an update when it happens. Sadly, there was so much going on with the 'inside' of the house last year, then Summer was hot hot, thent he Fall was rainy and now I'm trying to get the garden beds done. Sigh, it always seems to be one of those projects I push to 3rd or 4th on the list, ha. It's DEFINITELY on the list for this year. Fingers crossed! I left my mold out in view in the mudroom on purpose, to keep reminding me, LOL.

1st Man said...

Thank you!!!

ideas said...

I've found that Lowe's carries this item in some regions, but not in others. Amazon does have it for a few more dollars.

Gammy Tammy said...

Oh, wow... I did this about 4 years ago. Here's the project after completion.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos?pid=5749754692798663474&oid=106068851020764974460

The forms were super easy to use. Can't wait to see how your project come out.

Gammy Tammy said...

Did you guys complete this project? I haven't seen another post about it. btw... I gave you the wrong link. I think you can see it here. http://goo.gl/yfyr2D

1st Man said...

Wow, I cannot believe a year has gone by. AGAIN. Sigh. I just looked at your project (I remember thinking the last link didn't work). WOW, looks wonderful. Did you do all that by yourself? You did a wonderful job! It's one of those things I think about, and then always find something more important (the fence around the grade, the raised beds, the irrigation, etc). But I need to make that happen. Thank you for inspiring me!!!

Gammy Tammy said...

Before my accident and surgery, I would have, but no I had help. I only designed it. This was just the corner, it was laid in quite a large area. After seeing your photo, I think I like the color and shape better.

Peg said...

I found your blog earlier this week and am trying to catch up. We have one of these molds and it works wonderfully. My husband covered the area under our deck with concrete block he made so he can park motorcycles, a wheelbarrow, and anything else stored outdoors. It also is a walkway to a storage area under our sunroom in the crawl space. He also made a path from the patio to the side. We have heavy shade in the back making it hard to grow grass and this keeps us from making mud paths through the yard. We have a walk-out basement and the stones keep us from tracking in so much dirt.

1st Man said...

How awesome is that? Thanks for the first hand account. Sadly, I haven't gotten to THIS project yet but it's coming, eventually. When it's NOT 100 degrees in the shade ha. I like the idea of it not creating mud paths. That's been a problem under a couple of trees. I will have to remember that. Thank you! and welcome!!!

Colleen said...

Would you believe that we have one of them forms and have yet to use it. Has been stored in the mower shed now for about 5 years. Even have the small barrel to mix the cement in and then you just roll on the ground to mix the cement up; all sitting collecting dust. Needless to say; it was one of hubby's ideas that someday it would be put to use........I'm still waiting for that day. :}

Anonymous said...

Don't know if you have used the Walk maker yet but my wife and I used one to make a sidewalk from the street up to the front porch of the house, about 80 feet total. Then she painted each stone with "oops" paint from one of the big box stores and we then poured a "curb" along side the stones. If you are going to make a bunch of stones rent a mixer or use a Odjob roller mixer. Your back will love you for it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osrJYGxmH_M
Tom

1st Man said...

LOL! I of course can TOTALLY relate because we had the same grand plans but it still sits in the closet, waiting for someday. It's on the list, just so many other things that seem to take precedence. I'll get to it!

1st Man said...

Tom, thank you SO SO much for this info. We haven't gotten to this project yet, should have named the property the never-ending farm because there is always something to be done, ha. But thank you for this, I will see one out. I'd love to see how your project came out it must be pretty. I never thought about painting them. Thanks again!!!

Gail said...

I used this at my other house and counter sunk them so I could just mow over them.

Jeff Coffey said...

Any idea what the cost per pour is compared to buying paver blocks already made you buy at home depot or manards ect....?

1st Man said...

I just now saw this (not sure how i missed it). I haven't started this project yet but I like the idea of counter sinking them, mowing is one of the things I was worried about. Thank you!

1st Man said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by. I wish I knew, we haven't started this project yet. When I originally bought these forms, they were being discontinued and so we wanted to make sure we had them (our neighbor at the front of the property used them) and so we wanted to have them as well. Now we see the company just changed or reformatted things and they are still around. So, I asked 2nd Family (the neighbors) yesterday and they said they felt it was cheaper in the long run because they has so much to do and the bags of concrete were less than pavers and easier because they were able to customize as needed. Now labor in mixing and pouring might be a different factor, ha.

Thanks for stopping by!