Is there anyplace on line where I can get simple and straightforward instructions for putting in a parking pad?
I live in Canada where the winters can be and often are 40 below zero.
Given that, is the following correct and complete ????
1. Dig down 10 inches without disturbing the soil at the bottom of the "excavation".
QUESTION: Is there a need or benefit to placing plastic down so that plants do not come up and ruin the concrete/ashphalt ???
QUESTION: Is the slope important at this point, or do you wait until the next step to create a proper slope?
2. Put in approximately 4 inches of gravel (of a certain size?). Tamp it down with a tamper rented from ********** or other place, maintaining the slope from previous step.
3. Put in forms on top of the gravel at the perimeter of the pad. Ensure the tops of the form is consistent with the slope.
4. Put in rebar/steel mesh for strength.
QUESTION: It is a two car pad. Should I be placing any extra footing or other support in the middle of the pad ???
5. Have concrete company pour concrete. Get helpers to spread the concrete while it is being poured. Use of a piece of lumber with a back and forth mothion to spread it is the best system?
Texturizing is optional but makes a nice look. Use an old broom or some other such item to creat texture. Use a concrete edging trowel for the edges for a nice look.
6. Let set for at least 2 days before removing forms.
Any comments ??? I need some input to lay to rest the controversy here with the proper way to pour a parking pad.
And yes, I'll deal with the city and the bylaw stuff. Don't worry about that. What I need to know is the best way to do this.
Thank you. Dennis Fletcher
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