Please tell me why I should not try the following:
I have this idea of soaking concrete bags (wrapper and all) and laying
them out our a drive way dig out to make paver like driveway.
Some time ago I left a few bags out in the rain and a week later was
impressed at how hard that concrete was. With the right positioning,
stain and possibly a tecture even - I think I can make it look like
coral blocks. I think it will be hard enough to widthstand auto weight
and traffic and I wont worry about cracking at the seams as the seams
will be just that.
I think it will be easier and cheaper than mixing or getting a
concrete truck and home depot will deliver right to the front.
What do you think??
That mixture in the bag still needs to be mixed into concrete to be durable,
so if you want it to last, you would still need to empty the contents of each
bag into a mixing tub, mix, and then pour back in the bag and place where you
want it. If placed down dry and the whole thing just wet down, the resulting
hard concrete looking globs will flake and flake until nothing is left.
IMHO - novel but bad idea
Interesting idea, but you would still need a foundation if you expected
it to be stable, and I doubt if you will get the even wetting of the
contents of the bag to allow the kind of strength it would need for the
first delivery truck, which even if the bag would support it, would flip
when a wheel hit an edge.
Of course you also have the problem of the expense. Delivered concrete
in the quality needed for a drive is cheaper than bagged concrete.
they do this when piling the bags of concrete next to a levee to stop
the erosion of the levee bank... after they put the concrete bags down
they just put the hose on them and let them stay there..... probably
rock hard... but no one is going to drive a car over them.....
i would hate to think of what your driveway would look like when it sets
up... bet you would then have to pull this mess up and start over
again... no one cares what the levee work looks like as long as it works
and no it does not look like textured coral blocks........ it looks like
old bags of concrete that need to be cleaned up.....
In alt.home.repair on 26 Jul 2003 07:36:16 -0700 firstname.lastname@example.org
They seem to think it won't work.
But I thought you'd be interested in the steel mill I used to work at.
When they had to add 50 or 100 pounds of magnesium or something to a
heat of molten steel, they would just throw the whole bag in. I think
everyone reacts to that the first time they see it.
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On 26 Jul 2003 07:36:16 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
It would probably work.
Two things to consider, though...
1. The bags are round at the sides. You'll have quite an open space
on each side of the bags.
2. The paper itself will soon deteriorate over time.
3. It'll look like crap!
P.S. There are 3 kinds of people in the world...those who can
count...and those who can't.
Have a nice week...
Follow Joan Rivers' example --- get pre-embalmed!
I've seen canal embankments and hill stabilization done that way down south.
They don't use paper bags, though- they put the drymix in bags made of the
black poly or nylon fabric stuff used for tree balls and such. Paper can
blow out as the water is being applied, and usually has some waterproofing
layers that would prevent even watering of the mix.
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