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Driveway Help

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by timfromohio, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. firebroad

    firebroad Minister of Fire

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    Yes, they might heave out, but if you sink them in properly, they shouldn't be too much of a problem. Sand is useful, and I'll bet there are plenty around here who could advise you.

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  2. seeyal8r

    seeyal8r Feeling the Heat

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    100% free. Look in the phone book under 'material testing lab' or the like. Every construction project usually requires concrete testing. They usually make concrete cylinders for compression testing. The cylinders are either 6" diameter and 12" tall or 4" diameter and 8" long. They will have 100s of them and be willing to give away for someone to haul off. usually made of 4,000 psi concrete. Some may be damaged. See pic..... During peak times in the summer we make 1,000 of these a month.

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  3. ironpony

    ironpony Minister of Fire

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    take small bites, frame enough for about three yards of concrete every Sat. morning
    keep chugging along and it will be done
    I bordered everything with concrete and filled in with pavers 3500 sq ft worth up towards the house
    asphalt down from there
    that picture is the beginning of the pavers
    the driveway is 425 feet long thru the woods to the road
  4. sowers25

    sowers25 New Member

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    I own a paving company and we also do concrete. There's pros and cons to each. Asphalt will be 1/2 or less the price of concrete, but will not last quite as long. They both have their own appeal depending on your taste, both with the prep work done properly will take care of your weed problems, but asphalt has more of a tendencie to have weeds grow up through it and to have the sides crumble than concrete. The railroad ties would be the way to go except for the fact that your driveway is curvy and would be hard to a little less appealing to the eye since you would have so many bends. A nice edging boarder would look nice, but like you mentioned before, the plow would take it out most likely and you would still have to spray a weed killer at minimum twice a year to keep them at bay. One other suggestion I have if you want to go the cheaper route than some form of paving is asphalt millings. If you don't already know that is ground up recycled asphalt, u could call your local asphalt supplier to see if they sell it. I packs much better than gravel and won't wash away when it rains. This product is what alot of people use that live on steep hills, don't have the money to pave, and get tired of their driveways getting washed out. If you lay it on a nice hot day, spray a little diesel fuel on it, then roll it with a decent size roller it almost looks like regular asphalt. Just so you know asphalt paving will probably cost you around $2 sq ft and concrete $4.
  5. Eatonpcat

    Eatonpcat Minister of Fire

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    Awesome looking property Ironpony!!

    Embarassed after seeing yours, but here is mine!!

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  6. ironpony

    ironpony Minister of Fire

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    Thank you, I wish I had a place for a little bridge.
    looks like you have some nice privacy
  7. bears12th

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    I used these from Home Depot: Paver Stones

    Heres what it looks like now, not the greatest, but works for trim nicely and you can angle it easily. Easy to work with, not the most expensive option, not the cheapest. Can easily weed between or place landscaping fabric below it if you would like to give that a go. Been in for two year now and have had no problems. Dig down and level em the height of the driveway and it will even expand your drive way a bit and you can easily use your plow over em if level.

    Hope the pic works, I am horrible at this tech stuff.

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  8. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    If that is embarrassing, I will never post a picture of my place here. :red:
  9. Eatonpcat

    Eatonpcat Minister of Fire

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    Actually it's not such a little bridge...When I bought the property, It had one 8'-0" diameter steel tank with the ends removed in the culvert. When that one washed out, I dug it up and put in two 10'-0" diameter tanks (The rim on one got broke when we were setting them). Because of the cracked rim, that tank slowly got crushed by the propane and other delivery trucks. What you see in the picture is a 25'-0" wide X 7'-0" high aluminum culvert that we put together and installed. A few years later we formed it up and poured concrete. The rail (still not complete) came a little later.

    One of the two 10'-0" diameter tanks after we removed it.

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    Here is the Culvert we put together (Must have been a million bolts)

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    And finally this is what we used to set the beast

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    Moral of my story...If your wife says "I love the little creek that runs through this propery, Lets build here", Run from that property as fast as you can!!! ;-P
  10. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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  11. HeatsTwice

    HeatsTwice Minister of Fire

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    Thats 25% lower than the price I previously found at:

    http://www.grandinroad.com/everedge-lawn-edging/153152

    Good find. I like that stuff. But of course I don't have to plow snow.

    Its used all over the wineries here in the Napa/Sonoma area and looks great. Mostly see it in high foot traffic areas though. Not low auto traffic areas.
  12. timfromohio

    timfromohio Minister of Fire

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    Metal stuff looks nice, but way too expensive.
  13. ironpony

    ironpony Minister of Fire

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    Yes, quite large
    pictures are decieving
    I would of guessed maybe 12 foot long 8 foot wide
    that was a large project for sure
  14. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Metal stuff looks nice, for a while, but it will eventually heave out of the ground (given the almost daily freeze-thaw cycles of a midwest winter). I've installed miles of that stuff, and unless your terrain is pretty flat, it can be a pain to install too.

    I wonder how much it would cost to have someone come out and pour a curb on each side of the drive-way? Those machines they have lay them down pretty quick, and it wouldn't be a ton in materials. It might be crazy expensive, but worth thinking about.
  15. timfromohio

    timfromohio Minister of Fire

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    Pouring a curb is an excellent idea.
  16. sowers25

    sowers25 New Member

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    Pouring a curb should run you around $15 a linear foot
  17. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Ouch. I think he could pour the whole driveway for about the cost of a curb down each side.
  18. timfromohio

    timfromohio Minister of Fire

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    Concrete is just too expensive. I keep going back to RR ties.

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