How to Pour a Concrete Sidewalk

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Do you have to walk in the mud or wet grass when it rains just to get into your house? Below you will find a simple way to solve the problem by building a concrete sidewalk. Your mother or significant other will not be yelling for tracking the mud all through the house anymore.

Things You'll Need

  • Concrete Mixer/Mix
  • Level
  • Water
  • 2 by 4 Boards
  • Bucket
  • Hoe or shovel
  • 2 by 8 Planks
  • Straight edge

Preparing

  • Level the ground out with the width and length that you would like form of the sidewalk.

  • Measure the area you plan to cover for the sidewalk so you can determine the amount and length of 2 by 4 boards and 2 by 8 planks you will need to purchase.

  • Place the 2 by 4 boards, whether you choose to do it above the ground or under, in the form that you want the mix to become solid in.

Building

  • Pour your dry concrete mix and all the water into your machine following its directions, and mix it up

  • Once the mix has been stirred, slowly pour it onto the ground where your form is set up. By using a hoe or shovel, it will help to level all the mix into place.

  • Level the poured concrete with one person on each side of the straight edge and shift it back and forth.

  • Once the concrete has started to set up, make sure you create space with a 2 by 8 plank, building a joint throughout the sidewalk so that it will have room to expand and not crack.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not walk on the freshly poured concrete until it has had time to harden - unless you want permanent footprints!
  • You can write a date, message, or anything else with a stick before it settles if you would like a permanent something etched into it.
  • Make sure it is leveled so that no one will trip and fall over a hump.
  • Make sure it is not going to be a rainy day before you begin.
  • Use the proper clothing and gloves to protect your skin.

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