Ken Posted October 30, 2021 Share Posted October 30, 2021 (edited) As it's raining and I'm redundant (and bored!) because laying concrete in the rain isn't a great thing to do I thought I would share with anyone interested to read it the work( so far) I'm doing renewing my drive. For the last 22 years it has been gravel. I have added gravel to it several times over the years but it has become too 'weedy' and grubby. So, I decided to pave it with stone. Not blocks but rather in the fashion of crazy paving; can't think what the French call it! The drive is 27 metres long and 5 wide. First remove all the gravel: 44 trips to the tip with a trailer load of gravel each time. I estimate around ten tons of the stuff I dug up with a mini pell and by hand. It still had to be loaded and then unloaded at the tip. 3 cubic metres of stone delivered and so far 8 cubic metres of ballast, 108 square metres of reenforcing metalwork and , so far, 32 bags of 35kg cement. This all started just over a month ago. I would add that I am doing all the work myself with the aid of my other half who is also working like a slave shovelling ballast and cement into the cement mixer. And no, she hasn't threatened a divorce; Yet!! To date I have completed around two thirds of it and that doesn't include grouting the joints which will probably take a week or so on its own! I estimate probably another two cubic metres of ballast and around another ten bags of cement before I'm done. In terms of time, weather permitting, I should have it finished in about a week. Then the grouting! I won't tell you how much this little lot costs, you would think me crazy! So, once the sun comes back and it stops raining those of you having a G-T in your garden; spare a thought for me aching, cursing and covered in cement working like a slave on the drive. Edited October 30, 2021 by Ken left an 'O' off too Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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