Want to expand our driveway

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Old 06-13-15, 08:16 PM
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Question Want to expand our driveway

Currently we have one car driveway and we want to expand to two car driveway i.e. increase the width of existing driveway. Existing driveway is 4 inches deep and its holding great...with few cracks ...
We are adding 12x24 ...driveway...4 inch deep so approx. 8 cubic yard of concrete

First question is ...is it too much work and impossible if we use a mixer to make concrete at our site instead ordering from a company who send truck with that big drum ?

If it not that tough ...give us detailed instruction on how to mix it ....which brand we should prefer.....what ratio etc.

also, what should we use rebar or wire mesh or both?

we don't have a heavy vehicle ...4 inch depth would be good enough ?

Give us tips from your experience,
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My arithmetic comes up with less than 4 C.Y., based on the dimensions you listed.

If you've never batched or finished concrete before, you might be better off ordering ready-mix concrete instead of trying to do everything yourself. Even then, you will have your hands full, with delivery by "a truck with the big drum"--properly placing and finishing requires strength, skill and experience that isn't kind to novices. Especially on warm/windy days, it's likely the concrete will become hard while you are still trying to finish it.
 
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By all means, have a truck pour ready mix. As Bridgeman said, you will still have your hands full. You can't rake, screed & float it alone. Hire some day workers with concrete experience & have all the tools there. I had a couple of guys who really knew their stuff.

We always used mesh. Make sure you raise it a little above the ground. Prepare the section. Then post a pic of it when it's framed & you are ready to call for the pour.
 
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Concrete Driveway Addition

If you go DIY and order ready mix, you need a minimum crew of four people.

Here is a calculation tool for determining the number of bags of ready mix you would need to mix:
http://www.sakrete.com/products/calc...crete#concrete

Will the ready mix truck be using your existing driveway to make the delivery?
 
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Ready mix truck can come and use existing driveway but am afraid to let them use...so I am considering line pump just to be safe...it looks like my idea of using mixer is not good...as I will have cold joints.......

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You are so lucky that you asked if you could mix it yourself. You would have killed yourself & all the help too.
 
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The cement truck could just drive up where you're going to put in the driveway section and back out as you pour. They wouldn't have to drive up that far at all because of how long of chute they have. Much easier (and cheaper) than using a pump.
 
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What about the framing? Won't that be in the way?
 
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Cement truck could drive where we want to put drive way but there is a sewer line underneath which is 5 feet deep at main connection but it has a grade so towards the back of the house its less deep like 1 feet... so am afraid to let them drive the truck there as well...so cant drive on existing driveway and cant drive on where we want to put expand driveway..so stuck..
 
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In that case, we had 4 or 5 guys with wheelbarrows running the concrete, from the street to the back yard.
 
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