DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum

DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum (
-   Bricks, Masonry and Concrete (
-   -   Building a cement driveway (

Doug_Simon 12-07-2005 04:26 PM

Building a cement driveway
Can someone give me some insight into constructing a cement driveway myself.

I have a basic idea of how to build it but a good DIY article or general layout would be great.

TnAndy 12-11-2005 05:51 PM

What size are you talking ?

Doug_Simon 12-11-2005 08:36 PM

Probably 30 feet long and a 1 1/2 car widths wide.

TnAndy 12-12-2005 05:38 PM

Well......30'x "1 1/2 cars" ( which I assume to be about 12' ??? ) x 4" minimum thickness comes up to 4 1/2 cubic yds.

Do you plan to mix by hand or get a truck ?

kev crete 12-18-2005 03:03 PM

just the basics
form the edges with 1x4 spruce staked to a string line with 1 inch slope per 10 ft either away from house or away and cross sloped, good gravel/sand base of 8 inches and don't let anyone talk you out of 6x6 9over9 wire mesh to hold it together over time....... the ground moves so hold the concrete permits pour it 4 and 1/2 inches thick

spec_j 08-31-2009 02:31 PM

what will i need to accomplish this too? anyone have a list of items i should get?

Nestor_Kelebay 08-31-2009 11:26 PM

Kev Crete:

City of Winnipeg crews tore up the side walk in front of my building last year and poured a new sidewalk. Instead of sand, they used crushed limestone (1/4 inch down, which is mostly limestone dust) as a base. (Don't know how thick the bed of crushed limestone was.) But, one of the foremen I talked to said that crushed limestone was much better to pour concrete onto than sand because it packed down so much harder. (They used a gasoline engined "Wacker" machine to pack down the crushed limestone so that it was so hard you could walk on it without disturbing the limestone.) He said that you just couldn't do that with sand because sand grains are rounded and don't have sharp edges like particles of crushed limestone, so they just didn't stick together as well as crushed limestone.

Would it be better to use crushed limestone and rent a "Wacker" to pack it down real hard before pouring the concrete, or do they only use crushed limestone here because we have lots of limestone in Manitoba so it's cheap?

yesitsconcrete 09-09-2009 02:41 PM

these forums are for more specific questions - you best bet's to grab up a concrete book at any apron store - good luck !

dakuda 09-09-2009 05:11 PM


Originally Posted by yesitsconcrete (Post 34470)
these forums are for more specific questions - you best bet's to grab up a concrete book at any apron store - good luck !

The forums here are for any questions: big or small.

yesitsconcrete 09-10-2009 06:11 AM

i'll let the administrator respond to your questions incl water/cement ratio, slump, redi-mix vs bag, finishing, forming, placing, curing, jointing, base prep, ad nauseum for all the other items involved,,, he should enjoy that part,,, w/the poster's level of knowledge, he won't have enough information to ask specific questions imn-s-hfo hence the suggestion to buy a book :)

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:04 AM.