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Old 10-07-2010, 06:37 PM   #1
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Quick and cheap way to fix a bad cement driveway?


My driveway is basically two slabs with some "sidewalk" like indentations and both pieces are splitting away down the middle due to ground movement and what not. This makes shoveling very hard in the winter for the first few months, until I manage to have a smoother hard snow surface over the crack.

What is a quick and cheap way I can smooth this out, that would last a few years at least? I'm thinking of just cleaning up the crack of debris, dig to the thickness of the slab, maybe more, adding a bit of rebar at the bottom, and putting in some cement and leveling it out. I know this will not last, and the proper way to fix would be to basically remove it all, and pack the ground better, but I just want this to last a few years till I can get the driveway redone professionally. Probably have to dig a couple feet to make a proper "foundation" and this was not done for this one.

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I'm thinking of just cleaning up the crack of debris, dig to the thickness of the slab, maybe more, adding a bit of rebar at the bottom, and putting in some cement and leveling it out.
Ayuh,... How big a Crack,..?? I'd probably just skip the rebar...

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Maybe 4-5 inches. I'm sure it will seperate some more, but even if I just have a hairline crack after going through the winter, it's still better then something I can twist my angle on, fall down, and crush my skull, or worse, have it happen to the mailman and get sued.
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Unless you rebar the two slabs together you will be lucky if it lasts one winter.
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Quick and cheap? Just spray some water on it as soon as it's cold enough. It will freeze nice and level. If you get a warm spell you might need to repeat but water's cheap.

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scarifiers grind & level concrete,,, leaves a corduroy surface texture you'll only find them at const rental yards UNLESS you're very lucky.
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Quick and cheap? Just spray some water on it as soon as it's cold enough. It will freeze nice and level. If you get a warm spell you might need to repeat but water's cheap.

Sorry RS I couldn't resist.
Actually last year I just packed it with snow, it got hard over time.
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Not sure of your definition of cheap, but have you priced blacktop?
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Patch the cracks with concrete and level it off for the time being.
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Not sure of your definition of cheap, but have you priced blacktop?
Along those lines maybe asphalt "patch" if it's not too big:
http://www.fastenal.com/web/products...ex?sku=0204263

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