If your old concrete walkway to the house is cracked, damaged and unsightly, you could take the time to repair the driveway on your own. If you don’t want to pay a concrete company to come do the work, you can do the work on your own.
You can get a new great-looking concrete walkway that won’t be a safety hazard and that will improve the look of your home. Here are a few things you’ll need to complete the project on your own.
Find a local construction equipment rental provider in your area to get a jack hammer or other tool to break up the existing concrete. You don’t want to pay someone else to come in and break the concrete and remove it. Instead, you can do the demolition with the equipment and call around to find a place to dispose of the concrete. A local waste facility or recycling center may take the debris for a small fee.
After the concrete it removed, you’ll want to dig out the area where the new concrete will be poured, so the surface of the walkway is just slightly above ground level. Pack the soil down tightly where the walkway will go. Netting should be used to hold the concrete in place over time by holding down the soil. These items can be purchased at any home improvement store.
Concrete and Forms
With a bag of ready mix concrete and some concrete forms, you’ll be ready to pour your walkway. You’ll need a cement mixer and trowel to put down the concrete, along with a bucket
to do the mixing in. The forms can be in unique designs or shapes to add details, or they can just be regular rectangles if you want. Follow the directions and wait for the cement to dry to see your new walkway.
You can make a cement mixer by putting a trowel on a drill. If you don’t have these items, you can get them from the construction rental equipment provider when you look for a destruction tool for the concrete. Making your own walkway can also be done with concrete or stone pavers and even with synthetic stone if you want to avoid the DIY concrete project. Don’t look at an old and damaged walkway that goes up to your front door any longer– get rid of the old concrete and pour some new.