A Beginner’s Guide On How To Pour A Concrete Driveway In Sections
People pour a concrete driveway in sections for several reasons, but there are two primary approaches. The first reason is that driveways more than 20 feet long are more efficiently created using sections. The second is if the surface will crown by being higher in the center and on the side closer to the house foundation. To complete a section pouring, it is important to follow a certain procedure which will be detailed in this article.
What Do I Need To Pour A Concrete Driveway In Sections?
To ensure the concrete driveway is poured in sections correctly, you will require specific tools and resources. The tools include the following:
• an electric table saw
• a bull float
• used motor oil
• a nylon brush bristle
• groove cutters to make expansion and control joints
• a 4-inch wide paintbrush
• 10-feet long reinforcing bars
• 10-feet long wood planks measuring 2 x 4 in size
• wood planks to screed the concrete
• a panel of 1/4-inch thick plywood
• 1 x 4 size wood stakes
• nylon string for levelling
• ready-mix concrete
What Are The Steps To Pour A Concrete Driveway In Sections?
Step #1: Building The Concrete Forms
The first step is to build the concrete forms by placing wood stakes in the ground every 3 feet along the outer edge of the driveway. The top of the stake needs to be a minimum of 6 inches above the ground. Ensure they are level by tying the string around the stakes at 4 inches following any curves or contours in the surface slopes. Curve the stakes on each side where the driveway meets the road to ensure easier surface exit and entry. Click here to get information on driveways permit requirement.
Next, cut the plywood panel lengthwise in half and curve it for each part of the entry section. Nail the panel to the stakes and set it to the ground inside the line formed with the string and wood stakes. Nail the panel to the stakes and apply motor oil to the boards at the point where they will meet the ready-mix concrete. The application of motor oil ensures an easier removal of the board after the concrete has set.
Step #2: Marking The Sections
Working from the garage to the road, mark the first 10 feet with a 2 x 4 plank measuring the same width as the driveway. Fit the plank between parallel boards along the driveway sides to ensure the cross board rests at a 90-degree angle. Check the panel is level using a carpenter’s level. It is important that the cross board is not nailed into place as you will need to remove this board to mark the following sections. Drill two holes on each side of the board near the top measuring 1 inch in diameter. Apply motor oil so it can be removed easily later on. Add reinforcement bars at each 3-foot mark rising on stones or bricks approximately 2 inches above the driveway surface.
Step #3: Pouring The Concrete
With some assistance, pour the concrete while levelling it with the 10-foot plank moving in alternating angles. Scoop out any excess concrete and move the excess to the following section. Complete the section using a bull float to remove any bubbles, as well as a trowel to make the surface ridged for increased traction.
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