PaverMaker FAQ's (Click here for Border Maker FAQ’s)

Q:  How do I get one of your FREE reusable mixing bags?

A: Instead of ordering online, email us your requirement to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We will then provide our Bank details for direct deposit, and will add a FREE mixing bag to your order.  You pay no extra!

Q:  What exactly is a concrete mixing bag?

A:  It is a 800 x 500mm extra heavy duty bag which will take a standard 20kg bag of pre-mix concrete & mix it without tools.  The bag is good for 10 - 50 uses, depending on care taken, and is ideal for small to medium paving or edging jobs.  It comes with a closure strap and full Instructions.

Q: Will the PaverMaker save me money?

A: Pavers range from about $40 to over $200 per square metre at retail outlets. By comparison, your PaverMaker can produce paving for less than $10 per square metre (this will vary in different areas). Of course you will be contributing the labour, but that’s part of the fun, not to mention the enormous job satisfaction!

Q: I want unique paving; what do you recommend?
A: Our most popular PaverMaker is the “Country Stone” pattern that gets away from the mass-produced look that is endlessly repeated in many new homes. By following our tips you can achieve a unique cobblestone look that can make your landscaped area stand out from the crowd.

Q: What size are PaverMaker moulds?
A: The Country Stone moulds measure approx 50x50x4cm and each one takes about 25kg of concrete. The European Block and Crazy Paver moulds (both 60 x 50 x 4cm) each take about 30kg of concrete.  The moulds are easy to handle and maintain.

Q: Do I have to make all my paving in one work session?
A: No. You can lay as large or as small an area as you like, and then come back another day and continue on. The PaverMaker is perfect for breaking that Big Job into manageable smaller chunks! Just like eating an elephant – one bite at a time.

Q: I have a big area, so how many PaverMakers do I need?
A: Just a single mould is all that is required, because as soon as you complete the first mould, you promptly remove it and use it again. That is, you leap-frog the same mould over and over. The only time you’d need multiple moulds is if you have a large number of people all working on your project at the same time.

Q: Do I need professional skills to use the PaverMaker?
A: Not at all. Anyone who is prepared to spend a few minutes reviewing the videos on this website, and reading the instructions that come with the product, can easily achieve a pleasing paving result.

Q: Where do I get the raw materials for concrete?
A: For the most economic end result, buy sand, gravel and cement at a local bulk supply yard. Look under “Landscape Supplies” or “Sand, Soil & Gravel” in your local Yellow Pages.

Q: My job is small; or I can’t collect bulk materials!
A: An alternative is to buy bagged pre-mixed concrete from a hardware store. Although this will be dearer, it is still far cheaper than buying retail pavers.

Q: What concrete mix should I use?
A: A typical concrete mix is one part cement, two parts sand, and three parts gravel, plus sufficient water to form a firm workable mix. (Use small gravel, say 10mm or less) However this may be varied as desired, depending on the job at hand. A higher proportion of cement produces a stronger concrete ~ a higher proportion of sand will make the mix easier to work into the mould. If you find it hard to work your mix into the mould, your mix may be too dry; try adding a little more water. Many bulk raw-material yards sell pre-mixed sand and gravel ready for concrete use, so talk to your local yard and check what they can offer.

Q: How can I produce coloured paving.
A: Pavers may be made to any colour by adding powdered or liquid Oxide to the concrete mix. A wide range of Oxide colours are available at most hardware stores. Follow the manufacturers directions.

Q: How much Oxide is needed?
A: Start by adding about 100gms to every 40kg of concrete, and gradually increase the amount as desired. Allow a small test batch of coloured concrete to dry, and then check the colour before mixing larger quantities of concrete.

Q: How much ground preparation is required?
A: The PaverMaker can be placed on any relatively flat surface. Clear the ground area, removing rocks or other debris, and ensure it is roughly level. If paving over grassed areas, it is best to remove the top 30-50mm of grass to provide a solid base. It is NOT necessary to get the ground perfectly smooth as needed for traditional pavers, because the concrete will automatically configure to the existing surface.

Q: What’s the best method of pouring the concrete?
A: Place the PaverMaker mould on the ground surface and fill it with concrete. Press the concrete into all cavities with a trowel or shovel to ensure smooth edges. Trowel the surface to the desired finish, then loosen and lift the PaverMaker. Smooth all edges.

Q: How can I get that random “cobblestone” appearance with “Country Stone” mould?
A: As you progress, rotate the PaverMaker one quarter turn each time you pour a section. This will vary the pattern, making for more interesting paving. Continue this process for the entire length of the job.

Q: Can I create Corners, Curves and Contours?
A: By following the instructions on this website (and also on the pack) you can create many shapes to match your landscaping needs.

Q: Can I complete square areas such as a patio?
For patios and square corners, interlock the PaverMaker in the direction you want to go until the surface is covered. The PaverMaker will interlock in all directions, to pave any size area.

Q: How can I make my job really stand out from the crowd?
A: Using the Country Stone mould, the separations between the pavers can be filled after the concrete has set:

With sand or soil, brushed between the separations to encourage the growth of moss or grass for a “historic” look
With a dry sand/cement mix, brushed between the separations to discourage grass. Adding a different colour oxide will enhance the aesthetics.
With a wet sand/cement mix, poured between the separations, adding an Oxide colour to enhance aesthetics.

See the videos on this website for more useful tips.

Q: How long will my PaverMaker last me?
A: With normal care, the product will last many years, providing it is cleaned off after each use. (Just wash or scrub off any concrete that may be sticking to the mould before it sets.)

Q: What product guarantee do you offer?
A: If you are not completely satisfied when you first receive your PaverMaker, please return it to us within fourteen days in NEW condition and we will refund your purchase price. In addition, your PaverMaker is guaranteed for twelve months against manufacturing defects and failure during normal use. Just return your PaverMaker to us with proof of purchase for a free replacement.

Q: Can I use PaverMaker to make my driveway?
A: No. Most driveways are 75cm+ concrete reinforced with steel mesh. The PaverMaker produces a paving surface that is 4cm thick which does not contain reinforcing steel.

 

 

Border Maker FAQ's (Click here for PaverMaker FAQ’s)

Q: How does the Border Maker work?
A: Just like our PaverMaker moulds, you place the Border Maker in the position where you want your garden border, and simply fill it with concrete. You then smooth the concrete while it’s in the mould and then lift the mould off while the concrete is still wet. You then immediately repeat this process next to the completed section, which means you ONLY NEED ONE BORDER MAKER to do hundreds (or even thousands) of metres of garden borders. It is very simple to use, and any amateur can get a professional result due to the clever design of the mould.

Q: What is the size of the Border Maker mould?
A: It is 450mm long, 105mm wide and 70mm deep. It has two cavities ~ one long and one short ~ which provides a pleasing visual appearance to your garden edges.

Q: Will the Border Maker save me money?
A: Of course it depends on where you buy your raw materials, but as a rough guide your garden borders will cost somewhere between $1.50 and $2 per lineal metre. That is VERY cheap compared to buying retail garden edging.

Q: How much concrete does the Border Maker use?
A: Each time you fill the mould you will use approx 5kg of concrete

Q: What concrete mix do I use?
A: A 2:2:1 (gravel:sand:cement) mix works very well. The job will be easier if you use smaller gravel (10mm diameter).

Q: Once I fill the mould with concrete, how long before I remove it
A: You remove the mould immediately after you have installed the concrete and smoothed it off. In fact all the tips listed above for the PaverMaker also apply to the Border Maker

Q: How do I adjust the HEIGHT of my garden borders?
A: If you want the garden border flush with the ground level, dig a 70mm deep trench along your garden edge, then place the mould in the trench and fill it with concrete. If you want you border HIGHER than ground level, dig a shallow trench (say 50mm deep) and fill the trench with concrete. Then place the Border Maker mould on top of the wet concrete, and fill it with concrete. This will leave your border standing 70mm higher than ground level.

Q: Is there any way to keep invasive grasses (such as kikuyu) from getting into my garden beds?
A: Yes. Dig a deeper trench (say 100-200mm) along your borders, and fill with concrete before placing the Border Maker on top of the wet concrete. This will provide an effective grass barrier.

Q: How do I colour my garden edging?
A: The same way as recommended above for coloring paving with the PaverMaker

Q: How do I make corners and curves in my garden borders?
A: The Border Maker has rounded ends, so you can simply change direction as you follow the shape of your garden edges.

 
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