HOW TO CONSTRUCT A LOW COST BRICK WALKWAY?

The primary purpose of building a walkway is to provide easy access within a garden, patio or yard. Because during the rainy season the water accumulated on the surface of the land makes it crooked or muddy. This makes easy access difficult. To avoid this we can make a cheap brick walkway. Instead of bricks we can use broken slab pieces or even concrete blocks.

Remember that this walkway is for walking only and not for any other traffic.


step by step process

step 1 (drawing out)

First decide what the required length and width of the walkway should be. Then ground the plan using wire and pegs. Walkways can be straight or curved as per the requirement.

step 2 (upper soil excavation)

Using available tools, excavate the top soil, along the marked layout, to a depth of about 200 mm. This is done by applying a layer of gravel and sand on it.

step 3 (base layer)

Lay a layer of gravel 100 mm thick. After laying the gravel, lay bricks on both sides of the path along the length of the proposed walkway.

If the ground has very soft soil, we can use a layer of lean cement concrete instead of a denser layer of gravel.


step 4 (sand layer)

Place a layer of compacted sand of 50 mm thickness. A layer of sand is placed between the sides of the bricks. When compacting, provide a proper slope to allow rainwater to drain out of the walkway.


Step-5 (brick placement)

On this compacted sand layer, place the bricks in any suitable pattern. Maintain a gap of about 3mm to 4mm between the two bricks; This gap will be filled in the next step.

step rate 6 (combined filling)

The space left between individual bricks is filled with a dry mixture of cement and sand. To do this, first mix cement and sand in the ratio of 1:5. Then spread the dry mixture inside the joints between the bricks. The dry mixture is spread with a broom. Then pour some water into the joints and compact the mixture with the appropriate tool so that the joints are filled.

Step-7 (Treatment)

The water cures the cement sand mixture for a period of at least 7 days.

Er. Mukesh Kumar

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Er. Mukesh Kumar is Editor in Chief and Co-Funder at ProCivilEngineer.com Civil Engineering Website. Mukesh Kumar is a Bachelor in Civil Engineering From MIT. He has work experience in Highway Construction, Bridge Construction, Railway Steel Girder work, Under box culvert construction, Retaining wall construction. He was a lecturer in a Engineering college for more than 6 years.