Planning arrangement of garden paths, at itsbackyard, you always want to create a functional and beautiful at the same time elements of landscape design. The material for garden paths can be saw cut wood, natural stone, gravel ... But still the most popular with the owners of suburban areas as a coating for the platforms and tracks is the paving slabs, which has an attractive appearance and excellent quality characteristics. Paving tiles with their hands will complement the original design of the site, in harmony with the house and garden style.
Production of paving their own hands -quite laborious and long enough, but it is quite a fascinating process. The result of becoming exclusive products, successfully combined in the picturesque track.
Such unusual tracks are worthy setting for the flowering garden plants
Besides the production of paving tiles with their hands will significantly save money in the family budget, because the acquisition of the finished coating costs several times more expensive.
Tiles made at home may,and is not suitable for covering areas that can accommodate heavy vehicles or buildings, but will be an excellent solution for walkways in the garden. With proper manufacturing of the concrete mix and extracts all stages of production technology, it is possible to obtain a product having 100% durability.
Using Colera and pigments, can create a wide variety of tile colors
Experimenting and staining using callerssolutions can be obtained incredible combinations and patterns. The very process of manufacturing and arrangement of the tracks - an interesting activity that allows you to unlock the creative potential that brings a lot of fun and positive.
To make the original pavingtiles with their hands in the first place need to buy material of manufacture and stock a necessary tool. Tile is created based on a mixture of cement, sand and water by keeping the proportions which depend on the purpose of the product and the brand of cement used. To produce durable garden paving slabs, it is desirable to use a cement grade M 500. To save on As the material is not necessary, so you do not stumble on crumbling path.
Sand and water to the solution to be cleaned bydirt and leaves. Do not be afraid if composed of sand there are small pebbles. Their presence concrete quality will not suffer. But an unusual texture of the product will get.
Tip! With the help of plasticizers can improve the strength of the paving and its resistance to temperature changes.
Plastic molds for casting a wideassortment in specialized stores. They may have very different shapes and sizes. Each of them is calculated by 200 fills. To accelerate the manufacturing process, it is desirable to acquire ten pieces of each kind of shape.
Combining 2-3 product configuration, you can create unusual designs and whimsical "snake"
As it may also be the moldsPlastic containers used for food products that have sufficient flexibility, softness and strength. With the help of containers uncomplicated shapes with straight sides and right angles, it is possible to make rectangular "bricks".
Such plitochki when laying easily dock with each other
The necessary components are ready, we can safelystart making exclusive paving tiles with their hands. Mix sand and cement mixture can be both manually and with the help of the gun having a nozzle mixer. Planning to create coverage, estimated at several dozens, or even hundreds of tiles, to facilitate the process it is desirable to stock up on a concrete mixer. Well, if it is already in the arsenal of the host. After a construction equipment can be used for many purposes, ranging from concrete creek bed in the garden and completing the repairing fence posts.
The container, as may be used which basin or bucket, poured 1 part cement and 3 parts sand
Kneading solution in a concrete mixer to obtain a homogeneous mass, first you need to fill up the sand, and then in a continuously rotating container is filled with cement.
Water is added to the mixture gradually, without ceasingstirred solution. Excess amount of water in solution can lead to reduced strength of the finished concrete. To prevent this, in step mixing and pouring into a solution of water-repellent agents are added and the reinforcing fiber.
The consistency of the solution has to be paste-like: a little liquid, but it does not slip with a trowel
Paint the tiles in the most unusual colors can bewith inorganic pigments that have improved resistance to light and weathering as well as an alkaline medium. The number for the solution of the dye is chosen "by trial", starting with 30-50 grams and gradually increasing the proportion. Uniform color composition gains after 5-7 minutes. Ready composition is determined by the absence of lumps and uniform color of the entire volume of the material.
Before filling the form, it is desirable to lubricate Emulsol or any butter (you can even spent machine). This will later facilitate demoulding frozen products.
Forms are filled with a solution and compacted with a trowel
Increase the strength of the product can run in up to half filled with concrete form of a metal mesh, rod or wire, and then adding to it the remaining solution to the brim.
In order to seal the cement mass andexpel excess solution from air bubbles, it is necessary to create a concrete vibration. For these purposes the vibrating table. In the absence of such a design alternative to it can serve as a rack or shelf. To create a vibration to perform quite a few taps with a mallet on the table.
Bloodthirsty concrete forms are covered with plasticfilm and kept for 2-3 days. During this period, it is important to maintain an adequate level of moisture. For this solidifying desirable periodically to wet product.
The place where the dry preform should be hidden from direct sunlight
After 2-3 days after casting tiles canrasformovyvat, gently pushing the side and shaking. Product is finally dried in the shade need for another 3-4 weeks. During this time the tile will acquire sufficient strength, and it can be used as a covering garden paths and areas for recreation.