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Making Extra Large Concrete Pavers ( DIY concrete patio )

Jul 11, 2022
today i will take you to the back i will show you how i turned this corner into the perfect place to relax here is what you can expect i will show you the steps i took to create




that could be used for walkways or your


space First I mapped out this project on paper so I had an idea of ​​what I needed when I collect wood and don't use it that day. I tend to hold onto them and let them sit until I'm ready to use them. After measuring and marking the parts, I then use a circular saw to cut out all the necessary parts.
making extra large concrete pavers diy concrete patio
I will have to build three massive frames that I will use as the shape. I started building the frames with nails, but then I considered it. i changed the bolts later as i am working solo i have to think of ways i can work efficiently once i have the big frame built then i create smaller frames within that frame the inner frames are measured at 46 by 46 now i could do each of the frames separately but this is where the efficient part comes in using long two by fours this will make things faster but also easier to keep the whole frame level with the first full frame i did two more i will address this more in the next video but in a nutshell i will pick the location and flatten as much as i can as the yard is on a pitch i had to dig quite a bit then i took the longest 2x4 and more straight i had with a big level and i checked the location just to make sure it was at least close enough now i'm going to take the frames out and put them in i need to cut some stakes so i can keep the form in place gar at this point i have the frames in the exact position i want them now i need to take the stakes and drive them against the frames there is a reason i built the frame the way i did and i hope this video clarifies that approach before i move on to leveling the form i am going to screw the frames together once i have the frames connected i will go and attach the frames to the stakes i think you will need at least a four foot level.
making extra large concrete pavers diy concrete patio

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I level the outer frame first, then work my way to the middle. Now I'm going to take some of the excess dirt and put it back in the way that only people are going to walk. on top of these so there is no need to make them the full thickness of a 2x4 this way i can save on the amount of


i need now i need to compact them as much as possible now that i have the interior built i'm going to go one step further and use some leveling sand. I put about two bags per square to help achieve the thickness I need.
making extra large concrete pavers diy concrete patio
Then I compacted it a bit more. One thing I tried to do was make sure the edge was thicker than the middle overall. each slab should be about 2 inches thick, some boxes are a little deeper than this, but I usually have about two inches between level and the sand I have here, which should be thick enough for the concrete I'm outside at the moment. It's like 7 in the morning and I have a little light so I'm going to try to get to work and face the sun, so after I get all the cement to the back, I'm going to have my mixing area here and then we'll dump it here this is the This is my first time working with a concrete mixer and believe it or not I've had this concrete mixer for about four years now and it's been sitting in my shed to put it to use come on so what shall we to need here? it's a ton of concrete, cut them up, drop them here, use the right ratio of water and let this mix, then put it in the forms.
making extra large concrete pavers diy concrete patio
Yesterday was a really tough day and I calculated how many pounds I have moved. 14,400 pounds from the pallets at the store to the cart from the cart to my truck from my truck to the garage from the garage to the backyard let's go because I don't know much about this machine I'm going to start a bag see how that works if it works pretty well I'll probably just do two at a time and we'll go from there I should probably read the instructions on this but come on I have no idea what those things are you're supposed to put three quarts of water in here so three quarts and half per bag, I'll go with two bags, let's say you want to assume. a project like this I wouldn't expect you to have a mixer however there are other alternatives you might consider you could use a wheelbarrow or a mixer tub this route is a bit more laborious but still possible the other option is you can rent one of these mixer machines or buy one use it for all your specific projects and sell it later there are three tools that might have made things a little easier for me one of which I didn't have is a floating torus the other one is a treat and a magnetic float could have been excellent; however i found a way around it regardless i use the trowel to smooth the top before moving on to the next tile after about an hour i will come back to this and go over it one more time the best thing about this project is i can work at my own pace and that means if I want to do one step a day I certainly can when I mix this as directed I noticed the concrete was a bit dry so I added an


pint of water per bag and this seemed like a better mix and for a project like this i can learn as i move from one slab to the next yeah so i'll just take this break and just vibrate the corner i didn't do this on the first board so i hope it went well like this so all I want to do here is make sure it fills in all these cavities and stuff and then once I'm done with this I'll probably have some lines in it but I'm not going to worry about it.
I am now. I'm going to go back to the first pour and we're going to add a smooth layer on top. It's been about an hour since I first poured this. slab could probably wait a bit longer but im getting close to a state where i can finish here after a day of work managed to pour six out of nine slabs i h a bit late on this due to multiple rainy days but finally I was able to get out and start working on the next phase there's going to be another rainy day I'll try to get ahead before I get there to pour I'm going to get as much out as possible this way and see if I can at least pour one or two of these pads out of the the way i designed this is so i have to pour this middle section the last thing i've taken remove the perimeter and now i release the middle section and i'm going to lift it up so i can loosen the screws to remove these dividers in the middle and i'm going to leave this other piece in place push the shape back down and then i'll do my pour there's probably an easier way to do this but for now this is the best i could come up with so lets do what e works well as I thought it would let me rain on this project.
I went to pour the final pad and then it was time to remove all the wood so we got this guy out of here all r Okay right now I'm just going to repeat everything I just did remove all the two by fours and do it carefully so as not to chip any of the edges into the concrete so i designed these specifically to be able to get to these screws take this form out and do the same thing on the other side and then take this middle piece out so let's do the numbers if I had to hire this job I'd be looking at $1500 to $3000 here I did the whole project and was able to keep the cost down not including the tools I spent about $400 on materials oh yeah and a lot of work I'm going to end the video here but yeah want to see what I do with this space next Stay tuned for the next part of this video where I complete this entire space and show you how I plan to use it if you enjoyed this video be sure to leave me a M Like and leave a comment below.

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