Do it yourself paving


Old 01-10-00, 08:39 PM
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I'm installing an aluminum carport, and I want to pave the ground surface myself. I need a good quality, low cost surface. I've thought of pavers or brick--any other ideas?
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Old 01-11-00, 10:05 AM
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Do it yourself, and a concrete slab can be had for about $1.00 per square foot. With some thought moveable wood forms can be built, smaller sections would be poured, and be pinned together with rebar. (It's done in large parking lots).
Holes are drilled though the form wood at 1/2 dimention, 18" to 24" of 1/2" rebar is inserted with the same amount exposed. The form is poured, finished, and cured. When the form is moved the exposed rebar is coated with axel grease before pouring the next section. That allows for expansion and contraction movement while the slab sections move up or down as a unit. If the carport is next to the house foundation use black jack (felt) or pressure treated wood in between the foundation and the slab for isolation.

Cold process asphalt over an 8 inch base of compacted gravel, along with pounding and/or driving over it is another possible surfacing.

If you're economy minded, mechancially inclined, and enjoy brural work, you can make your own Rammed Earth Pavers with the exisitng soil, some Portland Cement, plus Sand, and a home built press. Think of Rammed Earth Pavers as the midpoint between pavers and brick. Coloring with dry earth colors is possible. Rammed Earth Blocks are used as building blocks in parts of the World where wood is scarce.

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