How to Make a Pillar for Your Driveway
A pillar for your driveway can provide you with a nice entrance feature to your estate. You can also use a pillar as an attachment point for a driveway gate. The process of making a pillar for your driveway is fairly labor intensive, but it is not especially complicated. Follow the steps below to effectively construct a pillar for your driveway.
Step 1 - Create the Base
To make a pillar for your driveway, you need to create a base first. To do this, you will need to pour some concrete. Mix up some concrete in a wheelbarrow, and use a shovel to lift it out onto the ground. When laying the concrete, you need to put a steel bar down into it in an L-shape. Leave the longest end sticking up out of the concrete. Use your trowel to smooth out the concrete.
Step 2 - Dry
Once you have laid the base of the pillar, you need to allow the concrete to dry for 1 to 2 days.
Step 3 - Lay Bricks
After the base is ready, you can begin laying bricks to form the pillar. Use a trowel to spread the mortar in between each brick. When you get a layer of bricks laid, use your level to check them.
Step 4 - Fill With Concrete
Each time you lay a layer of bricks, fill in the area between the bricks and the steel bar with concrete. As you put concrete in the gap and it hardens, this will provide a great deal of support for the pillar.
Step 5 - Lay More Bricks
After filling in the gap with concrete each time, you will need to lay another layer of bricks. Continue using mortar and your trowel to install bricks all the way around the outside of the structure. As you continue making rows of bricks, continue filling up the area with concrete.
Step 6 - Top
Once you have reached the height that you want the pillar to be, allow the entire structure to dry. You need the concrete in the middle to set up so that you can build the top over it. Let the concrete and mortar dry for approximately 1 to 2 days. At that point, you will be able to put more bricks over the top of the pillar. Use your trowel to spread out some mortar on top of the concrete and brick surface. Then begin laying bricks on the top of the pillar. Fill in each gap between the bricks with mortar. After you have laid all of the bricks over the top, it is time to let the structure dry some more. Once it is dry, you should have a beautiful pillar for your driveway.