Resurfacing will give a whole new look to your existing sidewalk without the time, mess or expense of replacing it. Here are the step-by-step instructions you'll need to resurface your sidewalk.
Before You Begin
Before you begin this project, there are some supplies you'll need to gather. Since cement can dry out quickly – and become unusable – it's important that you have everything you need before you start.
Supplies You'll Need
- Paint brush
- Paint roller with extension pole
- Square-nose shovel
- Cement groove edger
- 2 x 4s
- Garden stakes
- Vegetable oil
- Bonding adhesive
- Concrete mix
- Concrete float
The prep work will create the surface you'll be working with. The first thing you'll need to do
Clear a Path
If your sidewalk has grass on either side, you'll need to clear a path. The path will be used for the framework that will be placed on either side of your existing sidewalk. Use your shovel to remove about 3" of grass down each side of the walkway.
Lay the Frame
Once the sides have been cleared, you'll be ready to lay the frame. You'll use your 2 x 4s for this portion of the project. Before you start this portion of the project, use your paint brush to apply a thin layer of vegetable oil to one side of each 2 x 4. The oil will prevent the concrete from sticking to the wood as it dries.
Now that you have the wood coated with vegetable oil, lay one 2 x 4 so that it rests up against the sidewalk. Place one garden stake against the board and hammer it into the ground. Continue laying 2 x 4s until the entire sidewalk is framed.
Concrete placed on top of existing concrete will not create a permanent bond unless it has something to help it. That's where the adhesive bond comes in. Pour the concrete adhesive bonding agent directly onto the existing concrete. Use your paint roller and extension pole to apply a thin layer to the entire sidewalk. Allow it to
Concrete can dry out your hands, so put your gloves on before you begin this portion of the project. Pour your dry concrete mix into your wheelbarrow and mix it according to the package instructions. Use your shovel to scoop the concrete mix directly onto the surface of your sidewalk.
Spread the concrete down and pack it down as tightly as it will go. Use your float to smooth out the surface. Finally, take your concrete groove
You don't have to have a new sidewalk poured just because your old one is worn out. Use these easy-to-follow instructions to resurface your existing walkway. If your concrete walkway has extensive damage that you can't repair by yourself, you may need a new sidewalk. Contact a concrete contractor. To learn more, visit a website like http://www.unitstepjoliet.com.