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mrbrown38 05-11-2010 11:48 AM

New and scared
Hello everyone =). I visit from time to time but this is my first time signing up as an actual member of this forum. I am going to be attempting cementing my own drive way in the near future and need all the advice I can get seeing as I've never done anything close ot it in the past.

What do I do in my free time? When I'm not terrified of working on my home I fix computers and like to play with new electronics.

DangerMouse 05-11-2010 11:59 AM

Hi and welcome to the forum.

I'm building a home from the dirt to the shingles, so I know what you mean.
(and believe me, I'd rather be playing video games all day.....)
You'll find all the help and advice you need to do your concrete job here, just be sure to post in the proper sub-forum for the speediest replies! *Good Luck!*


jcalvin 05-11-2010 12:12 PM

Welcome aboard. One of the qualities that you will very valuable is the advice from the pros on when and how to do something and when to hire a pro. You may want to hire someone for "concreting" your driveway unless you truely are "cementing" something to it. The most valuable tool that I own for getting my concrete work done is my cell phone.

bluejeans 05-11-2010 04:23 PM

Hello Mrbrown. Never try to hit a homerun till you have hit a bunch of doubles.Before you attempt a driveway,attempt some smaller concrete (not cement)projects.Find a place in your yard where you woukld want to bbq.Use your computer skills to learn how to build a form.Build a 6x4 form to pour a concrete a pad for the bbq.Fill with concrete and finish the concrete.Go slowly grasshopper or you will be lunch for the bird.:thumbsup:

mrbrown38 05-11-2010 05:07 PM

I guess one thing I should consider is the price difference between doing it myself or hiring someone.. My buddy told me it'd be like 1/4 the cost to do it myself. I'll have to make a detailed post in the right area and see what direction I should go.

bluejeans 05-11-2010 06:13 PM

If it ends up being 1/4 of the quality,or lasts 1/4 as long its not 1/4 of the price.Its a waste of money and time.Never listen to what friends say,....unless they are making a living doing,....what they are advising you on.EXAMPLE,....friend is accountant,...accept advise about accounting,...not concrete work.

Jim F 05-11-2010 06:17 PM

It could also end up costing more if you buy more materials than you need or have to redo your mistakes. Why concrete as opposed to other materials? I agree that starting small is the way to go. An experienced helper is also a good thing as long as they are as experienced as they say they are.

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