might not be meaningful but then again it might be
i have seen a lot of people claiming to be expert in lots of different
but they do things that reveal they are not expert
that picture is not very good
but what difference does it make
it was done wrong and they did it using wrong knowledge
i heard that an expert is someone who has made all the mistakes
that are possible so maybe that tree feller (fella) is on their way to
YouTube has a bunch of tree falling fails...
After watching the videos, and having been certified through the Game of
Logging program, I'm starting to think you should need a license and
mandatory training to buy and/or use a chainsaw!
Learned years ago there are certain tasks best left to others.
The list starts with brain surgery self taught followed by laying
concrete and felling trees.
As I get older, no longer use ladders, work the foredeck of sailboats,
or other tasks best left to the 18-30 crowd.
Did you ever try laying concrete? If so, how did it go? A question
that concerns me is whether one can sledge out a few cubic feet of
concrete, and just replace that. If so, I might have a go at it.
Was going to expand a slab patio by adding 12-14 ft x 18-20 ft slab.
Stripped off all the sod, set the forms, and added foundry sand
at the right price from the local FoMoCo foundry.
Set the forms along with the black spacer strips for expansion.
Starting getting prices for concrete and something kept telling me
to talk to a concrete contractor before I jumped into this project.
My daughter who was in the 1st grade at the time had just fallen
in love for the first time with a classmate who was the son of a
I called the contractor, explained my situation, and asked if he would
at least look at the job.
He looked, was impressed with the form work and agreed to do the job.
On the appointed day, his crew showed up, complete with a gasoline
powered concrete buggy to bring the concrete from the truck at the
to the project area.
Suddenly a roll of wire mesh appeared and was placed inside the forms.
The 2nd thing I hadn't thought about, damn I was luck I listened to my
The project went well. It could have been a disaster.
Went on to add a slanted shed roof off the house and have some
wrought iron columns fabricated and had many years of enjoyment.
Up to that point, had limited my concrete work to many small jobs
bags of concrete from the local K-Mmart.
Your project would seem to fit into the K-Mart category.
Knock out enough concrete to get a smooth surface to butt up against
and you are in business.
As a young teanager working on the farm (98 lbs soaking wet carrying a
hay bale) I and the boss did all the forming, mixing, and pouring
concrete for the installation of a stable cleaner, as well as the
floor of the hog stable and half the manure yard - all with a little
electric mixer (1 HP electric motor) using bags of portland and gravel
from the pit on the farm. I don't know how many yards of concrete I
mixed, wheelbarrowed, and trowelled that summer - but it was a LOT!!!!
Thankfully a broom finish was all all we needed -but that was enough
work for the two of us.
On Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11:12:11 PM UTC-5, Bill wrote:
It's pretty easy, especailly for a small space. Be careful not to add too
much water to your mix. You don't want it runny or watery or like syrup.
You want the mix to be thick, to where it barely flows off your shovel or
out your wheel barrow, when either are tilted 45 degrees, there abouts.
Mix one 60 or 80 lb bag at a time. Mixing two bags at a time is too much
work and inconvenience, even if you have a large wheel barrow. Two-bag han
d/shovel/hoe mixing is a PAIN in the back and elsewhere!
If you're patching a spot in your driveway slab, or similar, lay some sort
of wire (fencing will work) or metal strips, if available, in the hole, abo
ve the ground. The wire/metal will help hold the patch-work more firmly t
If convenient, dig a little lip under the bottom edge of the existing slab.
This should help (a little) maintain that the original and new pours rem
ain coplanor. As you initially pour the mix, work the mix, well, into the
As the mix settles into the hole, as you're troweling, any excess water may
rise to the top.... just skim it off with the trowel, but make sure the co
ncrete remains level with the original slab. For a small slab, you may no
t have so much of this effect, but if a lot of water rises to the top, you
may have to add a little more mix, to maintain that the old and new surface
s remain level. The patch having a slight convex (hill) surface may be bet
ter than it being concave (valley).
Driveway: And you probably don't need to do this: After an hour or two, te
st the surface, with a broom, for firmness. You want the concrete fairly h
ard, but the very top slury film to still be a little soft. Sweep (gently,
lightly) the slury surface, if need be, to give it a roughness similar to
the existing drive. Normal driving wear & tear will likely result in achie
ving the same roughness, anyway, if you don't sweep.
If it's a driveway repair, avoid driving on the patch for a week.
Optional: Get an extra bag of mix and practice the water addition, to get
a thick mix. Again, you don't want to add too much water, when mixing.
Practice your troweling, if need be. Maybe make a few stepping stones for
the flower beds.... with some broken glass, large pebbles as surface decor/
Thank you Sonny! I AM thinking of a driveway repair.
I printed off your directions to guide me! Thank you very much!
This seems like a good project for next spring. Maybe I'll try chiseling
away at what I have and see how it goes. This seems like a good way to
save several thousand dollars, or at least hang on it it for a while.
Virtually everyone in my neighborhood who doesn't have a somewhat-new
driveway has a cracked driveway. None of us have basements. I don't mind
a crack here and there, but
I think I could repair the spot where there is the most erosion (caused
by ice forming/expanding inside the cracks in the winter). Two neighbors
each covered their driveway's with asphalt this week (it's epidemic!)
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