01:10PM | 04/19/04
Member Since: 10/08/03
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I am gung-ho on trying to pour a concrete aisle for my barn, but my husband is less than enthused. We have never done concrete work before, but I have read lots of books and watched it done so many times I want to give it a try. I have some talents, so it's not like I have never done carpentry before. I took on the challenge of wiring my whole house myself when we built two years ago, with no other experience except for changing a few outlets, but I passed inspection the first try and was even offered a job. Maybe this praise has made me over confident, but would anyone else try? Any words of wisdom? I know the stuff I have done in the past is much different (All aspects of building and finishing a house, using large construction equipment, etc) but I think its a good stepping stone as far as common sense and working with tools.


03:14AM | 04/20/04
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
By aisle are you talking a driveway or a sidewalk? The wider it is the less I would want to do it. If on the other hand you are doing a sidewalk I think I would tackle the job.



05:34AM | 04/20/04
Member Since: 10/08/03
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The aisle size is 12x48. It would need to be a brushed surface since it will be in a barn with horses, so at least a fine, smooth surface isn't something else I need to worry about. We had it estimated by professionals at a cost of $5,000.00. If we did it, it would cost less than $1,000.00 according to a friend I work with who has done concrete in the past (whom I might try talkin' into helping!)

If anyone else has done something like this, I guess I am worried about how easy it is to mess up so bad that not only is it not pretty, but the function of the concrete itself is compromised.


03:13PM | 06/11/14
Maybe part of his worry is that you don't have the right equipment for the job. If that's the case, be aware that you can get used commercial construction equipment for sale. That could ensure that things get done properly but without breaking the bank.
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