Step 1 Lay Out the Path
Lay out the path with batterboards and mason's line. Make sure the layout is square using the 3-4-5 method. Check that your layout lines are level with either a water level or a line level. Drive stakes at the corners of the walk and run level lines between them. To prevent flooding, the walk should slope away from the house at a rate of 1/8 to 1/4 inch per foot (check local codes). Measure down the appropriate amount on the stakes farthest from the house and slide the lines down to the marks.