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After watching this For Pros, By Pros video series you will be ready to tackle forming, pouring, and finishing a concrete walkway.



Introduction Series Intro

(Playing on this page) Rick Arnold outlines the entire process of building a textured concrete path, from forming to finishing.

Building the Form Building the Form

All successful concrete projects start with a clear plan, a solid base, and a sturdy form.

Adding Reinforcement Adding Reinforcement

Rebar and wire mesh are the backbone of a durable concrete walkway.

Pouring Concrete Pouring Concrete

Weather conditions, available help, and type of concrete mix are all important factors for a successful pour.

Smoothing the Surface Smoothing the Surface

Tools, techniques, and timing make all the difference in the quality of a finished walkway.

Stamping Patterns Stamping Patterns and Adding Control Joints

A stone or brick texture adds character to a plain concrete path.


About the Author

Rick Arnold
Rick Arnold knows his stuff. During his tenure as a contributing editor for Fine Homebuilding, Rick has written several dozen articles related to framing and roofing, and he's also one of our most trusted tool reviewers. You'll find Rick, more often than not, holding the other end of a board with his frequent collaborator, Mike Guertin.

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Patios & WalkwaysPatios & Walkways
This in-depth reference provides all the details you'll need -- tips, techniques, tools, materials and expert advice -- to create unique patios and walkways designed to enhance your landscape and home.

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Move gravel without a dump truck, and without breaking your back

Articles:

Working With Rebar
What types and sizes are available, how to cut and bend it, and how to place it properly

Concrete: Summer vs. Winter Mixtures
Learn how different seasons require different techniques when working with concrete

Tips for Pouring a Concrete Slab
Know what to expect, prepare for the worst, and the rest is easy

Finishing a Patio Slab
Function determines if the patio's surface should be coarse or smooth

Q&A:

Placing concrete in the heat

Frost heaves in concrete

Reducing the risk of cracks in concrete slabs

Resurfacing concrete

Tips:

Pinning concrete forms to asphalt

Brick-path screed