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Shovel concrete into the first frame, then work it with a garden rake to remove air bubbles. Screed the concrete using a 2 x 4. Smooth cracks in between the concrete and timbers using and edging tool. Steps D. Excavate the area for the next step, and assemble the frame. Stake the second frame to the first with 12 " spikes. Drill guide holes and drive two pipes through the back timber to anchor the second frame in place. G. Texture the surface of the concrete by drawing a stiff-bristled broom across it in one sweeping motion while the concrete is still wet.
Step D: Set the First Stone 1. Firmly press the fIrst large stone into the mortar in its original position in the dry-run layout. 2. Tap the stone with a rubber mallet or the handle of a trowel to set it into the mortar. 3. Use a 4-ft. level and straight 2 x 4 to check the stone for level. Make any necessary adjustments by tapping with the mallet until the stone is level. Step E: Lay the Remaining Stones 1. Using the fIrst stone as a reference for the overall height of the patio surface, continue laying stones into the mortar, working outward from the center of the slab and adding mortar as needed.
Pour concrete into and finish the remaining quadrants, one at a time, using the same technique. Step E: Complete the Finish & Seal the Concrete 1. After the water has evaporated from the concrete surface, mist it with water, then scrub it with a stiff-bristled brush to expose the aggregate. 2. Remove the tape from the forms, then replace the plastic and let the concrete cure for one week. After the concrete has cured, rinse and scrub the aggregate again to remove any remaining residue. 3. Wait three weeks, then seal the patio surface with exposed-aggregate sealer.