Building a Concrete Driveway
51 yards of concrete were required to build this custom-driveway for a residence in
the Stafford County. The driveway was requested to be a strong concrete mix for the
mobilization of heavy-duty trucks, and equipment.
Calling Miss Utility is the first step for this type of projects. Utility location is the process of identifying and labeling public utility mains that are underground such as lines for telecommunication, electricity distribution, natural gas, etc. It is required by law before doing any digging.
Surveying and Marking
The next step was marking of the outer shape of the driveway, and limits. This driveway had to be built design with curve or waving edging given the condition of the terrain.
Excavation and framing
Excavation was the done carefully removing rocks and soil along the slope terrain. The excavated soil was put a side to later be used as a support to strengthen the outer edging of the finish driveway. The crew then proceed to build the framing and supporting rails using lumber as shown in the pictures.
A strong foundation bed was necessary to support the weight of the concrete. This foundation was accomplished using steel reinforcement which significantly increases the concrete strength and helps to support and distribute the weight of the passing vehicles. 30 yards of river gravel, 1 to 3 in., followed by heavy-duty steel mesh rolls were required to build this foundation bed.
Two days were needed for pouring the concrete mix delivered by 5 fully-loaded commercial trucks. A 6 crew-member worked around the clock flattening the slabs 6 inch thick.
Adding texture with a broom for better traction. This simple step must be done while the concrete is still damp enough to imprint the desire texture. Using a broom, the damp concrete is brushed to create a slip-resistant texture on the driveway surface.
Once the poured concrete has gained sufficient strength it is necessary to create contraction joins. This is accomplished by making spacing saw cuts to avoid cracking due to shrinkage.
Curing the finished driveway
The objective in this step is to keep the concrete moist to reach maximum strength. Concrete should not be allowed to dry fast in any situation. By keeping the concrete moist helps the curing process. The driveway had to hosed down several times during the day this allows the moisture in the concrete to evaporate slowly
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