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kermit1993

06:39PM | 12/18/03
Member Since: 12/17/03
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We are planning on adding an 18' x 21' concrete pad on our driveway to have room for my husband's fishing boats. This is at the end of a fairly steep slope so runoff and erosion are an issue. Therefore, we think that the extension should probably be made of concrete, but we're afraid that a concrete truck would be too heavy for the driveway. We've done some small concrete jobs with premix bags that you just add water to and had good results. But it was very hard work. Any suggestions? Thanks.

treebeard

12:55PM | 12/19/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
Difficult to say unless we know a little bit more about your driveway....

kermit1993

02:00PM | 12/19/03
Member Since: 12/17/03
2 lifetime posts
The driveway is concrete with fiber and about 190' long. There is a particularly steep slope for the first 25' or so from the road and then a more gentle slope for the remainder of the drive. It was put down when we built the house about 3 years ago and is 3 - 4" thick. As I mentioned, the slope presents erosion problems which we feel probably requires us to add a concrete pad. The existing pad outside of the garage is about 18' x 20'. Any ideas?

treebeard

02:02AM | 12/22/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
The severity of slope your driveway has would only present a problem regarding accessibility. A fully loaded concrete truck can access some fairly miserable areas, but it does have limits. If you're contracting this project out to someone local, they should be able to tell you.

As to the strength of the driveway, 3-4 inches of concrete, plain or reinforced, probably isn't up to the task of supporting this kind of load, especially not knowing the base condition. Any area of the base material not properly prepared with regard to material, grading, or compaction may be subjected to cracking at the least. A thickness of 5-6 inches would be a more comfortable situation.

Your contractor can always pump the concrete, but it will cost you more, maybe much more. Remember, though, that a gravel, or asphalt, or concrete driveway will each require visitation by some rather heavy equipment. Talk directly to your contractor. They probably won't guarranty against breakage, but you won't know unless you ask.

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