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Dig Up That Driveway And Start Again!

Home Improvement, Smith Home Security Blog

Your driveway should provide a useful and eye-pleasing addition to your home, but it can quite easily become an ugly nuisance. If you tend to avoid looking down when leaving your car after parking it, or have tripped up one time too many, perhaps you should read this article for some friendly advice.

First Things First

Before you make a start on laying the new driveway down, you will need to remove the old one first. This is a task that can cause more than a few problems. If you damage the ground whilst hacking away at the old medium, you could have issues when it comes to maintaining your lovely new driveway.

Time For Action

Unless you are a builder by profession, you will probably need to hire some equipment for this task. You will need a decent jackhammer to break up the old floor medium and some kind of suitable transport to shift the debris away. Always use the appropriate ear defenders, goggles, gloves and steel toecap boots when operating such heavy machinery. Ensure that you dispose of the rubble responsibly and do not be tempted to leave it at the side of the road, you will face a hefty fine if you are caught doing this.

The New Driveway

Decide whether you are happy with the present specifications or if you would like to make the new driveway longer or wider. A driveway for a single car family should be around 10 feet wide, if you need to park two side by side, you are looking at about 16 to 24 feet width.

Ground Preparation

After you have altered the width accordingly, you need to flatten the soil surface properly. Use a hand controlled roller barrel to achieve a nice flat surface, you can also utilise a driver controlled rolling machine for an easier operation.

Water Runoff

To construct the water run off feature, you need to allow the land to slope away from the garage and the house. The slope needs to be about a quarter inch for every foot of driveway, if this is exceeded you will risk your car bottoming out before it reaches the gate.

Gravel Bed


Install your gravel bed and make it about eight inches in depth, you can cover this surface with a quality wire mesh product. This will allow the concrete to set correctly after pouring.


To design your individual concrete slabs you should start at the garage and ensure that they are about an inch lower than the garage floor height. Make the slabs around 4 inches thick if you drive a car, for trucks they should be about 8 inches in thickness.


Pour the concrete into your slab forms, use a 2 x 6 border for these forms and smooth the poured concrete with a wooden float device.

Final Stages

Once the concrete has dried you will need to avoid the cracks that sometimes occur. Set some isolation joints by the meeting area of the garage and the path, also where the walkways meet the path and the street area.

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