What Are Buyers Saying?
The Quikrete Random Pattern Walk Maker
The first stepping stone mold we examine is manufactured by Quikrete- it's a Chinese made walker maker designed to build out patios, walks and courtyards. All you need to do is fill the mold in with a concrete mix, smooth surface, and then remove the walker maker mold.
Contractors say, in terms of how long you should leave the walk maker in place before removing it, that it takes less than thirty seconds after you used a trowel to smooth the surface for the concrete to then set.
- Another buyer advised us that you don't need to have a sand/gravel base- all you need to do is lay out the walker maker mold on a level ground, and then once it is completely set, you'll want to sweep all of the fine grain sand into its crevices and hose it down with a misting spray.
- You'll want to fill-in any gaps and crevices between the stones with sand and use some black weed block prior to laying in the concrete to ensure that weeds don't become a nuisance.
- One buyer told us that if you have a large project to do, it makes sense to purchase a bunch of these walker makers and use them in conjunction to get the job done easier and faster.
- A professional contractor told us that after all of the concrete has set, it's a good idea to do some pressure washing on the finished stone patio and apply some semi-transparent stain.
- Reviewers say that while the instructions suggest you use 2.5 quarts of water per concrete back, buyers say that you'll want to modify that, likely diluting it a little bit further to make it easier and smoother to work with the concrete.
- Another reviewer advises that instead of lifting the entire walker maker mold up at once, that instead you should lift one side at a time to prevent concrete from sticking to it.
- As well, if you only want to use one square section of the mold, you can add the concrete just to that using a small carton like a coffee can.
- Another buyer told us how he had constructed a 45 foot front walkway to his suburban home, saying that it was somewhat challenging to build a turn into his walkway, but it ended up being worth the extra work and planning.
- Indeed, do it yourself homeowners say that it can be quite grueling to lay out these molds, with one purchaser saying that on average he completed about four of them in a single session, and at most did no more than 10 a day on his own.
- If you have a dual-width walkway that you are building, you might want to check out some YouTube videos if you need to build a turn into it as a reviewer said the instructions for accomplishing that were somewhat convoluted.
The Wovte Plastic Walker Mold
The second concrete walk maker we examined is manufactured by Wovte it's a plastic mold indicated for the design of patterned paths, patios and walks, ideal for both amateur and professionals to perform backyard landscaping.
Indeed, one of the advantages of building out a stone walkway passing your garden is that stepping stones help protect the health of your flowers and plants from yourself and guests in your home who unaware can trod down seedlings.
The way they work, you'll want to prepare the ground service, lay out the concrete garden mold and then your poor in the premixed concrete into it, trowel it smooth. Some advice from the manufacturer includes spraying the molds after use of the concrete doesn't dry.
- One reviewer says that in order to stain their concrete walks, they mix the powder color in with the cement, saying that you want to mix it darker than your preference because it will certainly lighten later.
- Another home remodeler advised new purchasers to rent a concrete mixer if they are working on a large project, because hand-mixing cement can become an incredibly grueling process.
- Many buyers recommend spraying the form with Pam prior to setting, though there is mixed feedback regarding whether that actually works or not- you'll just have to experiment on your own.
- Home rehab pros tell us that about 60 pounds of concrete is indicated to fill up this particular stepping stone mold, with many buyers opting to paint it with stain and seal it after it has finished drying.
The Kenley Paver Maker Mold
The third pathmaker mold we examined is manufactured by Kenley, it is the paver walk maker mold. It features a nine stone pattern designed for the construction of the decorative driveways, walkways and garden patio paths, with curves, angles and straight edges built into the mold.
The manufacturers say that you don't actually need to lubricate the mold prior to pouring in cement, in contradiction to other reviewers who have ceaselessly advised that that is the case.
Reviewers say that it output beautiful cement stone patios, a cheaper alternative than purchasing paving stones- plus you can actually add colored pigment to give them an especially attractive appearance.
The Quikrete Square/Rectangle Walk Maker
The fourth option we examined is the Quikrete square and rectangle shaped walk maker. One buyer purchased several of these so that he could get the job done faster, saying that it took about 20 minutes, based on his regional climate, to remove the mold- so having multiple walk makers on hand made everything go faster.
- Reviewers say that in general it is a little bit tricky to build paving stones around existing posts- but that is generic to walk makers not to this one specifically.
- Another homeowner told us that a sand and gravel base is not required, but the ground should be compact and level- and you should expect that an 80-pound bag will do a little bit more than one mold.
- As well, you should spray off the molds with WD-40 after you've done four of them and expect that in terms of coloring you can apply half a bottle for every 80-pound bag.
- Another reviewer recommended purchasing a pair of these paver molds at a time, using crack-resistant concrete, wearing protective sunscreen while you're out doing the job, opting for extra water to create better-molded concrete, and renting concrete mixing equipment rather than doing it by hand.
The Scepter Pathmade Walker
The last reusable concrete walk mold we examined is the Scepter Pathmate mold. It supplies a random pattern engineered to allow contractors and amateurs alike the ability to quickly layout attractive-looking pathways, ensuring random designs for curved walkway paths.
One reviewer told us that they added coloring and mortar mix so that the finished patio would have enhanced traction- and even supplemented with some glass beads for a sparkling appearance.
This is an especially original form, with some buyers underlying chicken wire to ensure the stones don't shift around over time.