Find out how to easily update a stone walkway with these handy tips from DIY Network.
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Updating a Stone Walkway
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Replacing a simple stone path with a sturdy flagstone walkway will enhance any landscape and last for years. The first step is to lay out the flow of the walkway and to dig out a path approximately 6 inches deep.
Installing form boards with their tops at the same level defined the shape of the walk.
Concrete is then poured to the top of the forms to create a 4-inch thick slab allowing 2" for the mortar and stone. Running a straight 2x4 along the surface helps to smooth and level the concrete bed.
After the concrete has dried, a 1-inch layer of mortar is spread. The stones are positioned with the flattest side up and straightest edges along the sides and then tapped into place using a rubber mallet.
Once the stones are all laid mortar used to fill the joints and the excess is wiped clean with a damp rag.
When the mortar has cured, usually after two to three days, your beautiful new walkway is ready for use.
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