The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.
Apply epoxy grout in between the stones that form a new walkway across your property to prevent water from penetrating the pathway and causing the stones to shift by following the instructions below. After you are finished, appreciate the beauty of the walkway and use it on a regular basis without needing to worry about damage occurring.
Clean The Walkway
Sweep the walkway to eliminate large pieces of debris. Clean the stones and the areas between them with a soapy scrub brush to remove dirty residue. Do not use too much pressure while completing this step so that the stones do not shift. Rinse the walkway off with a water hose that has a strong stream of water coming out of the nozzle. Wait for the stones and gaps that are between them to dry completely.
Apply The Epoxy Grout
Open a container of epoxy grout that is designed for exteriors. This type of grout won't shrink or become loose when it is exposed to moisture. Stir the contents until the consistency of the product is smooth and creamy. Pour the grout into a grout bag. Secure the end of the bag and squeeze it to push the contents towards the tip of the bag. Begin in one corner of the walkway. Place the tip of the bag in between two of the stones. Gently squeeze the end of the bag until the grout is dispensed.
Fill each gap until it is level with the stones that surround it. After all of the gaps have been filled, smooth out the surface of the grout with a hand trowel. Wipe the surface of each stone with a damp sponge if any grout spilled onto them. Rinse the sponge out after it becomes covered with grout as you are completing this step. Wait the recommended amount of time for the grout to dry. It should be clearly listed on the back of the packaging.
Use the walkway whenever you are spending time outdoors. The grout will hold up during inclement weather and will not crack or become damaged when weight is placed on it. Keep the walkway looking nice by sweeping it off regularly and removing surface stains with soapy water and a water hose several times throughout the year.