Formwork for Concrete Drives

Formwork is essential for making driveways, particularly if the concrete is to be poured on. Let’s face it, only the very shortest driveways are going to be constructed by shovelling on barrow loads of concrete by hand. What is Formwork? This refers to the barriers erected at the borders of …

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Stepping Stones for Your Patio

A garden path made from stepping stones is one where the blocks, stones or flags that make up the path are laid down individually with gaps in between them. You need to take a step to get from one to the next, hence the name ‘stepping stones’. And although they …

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Getting The Levels Right on Your Patio

Getting the levels right on a patio is a time-consuming and pain-staking job, but putting effort into it will give you a patio that looks good and drains well. The alternative is a patio where the flags don’t line up correctly, there are height differences at the gaps that get …

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How to Repair a Petrol Damaged Tarmac Driveway

People who regularly tinker with cars, motorcycles or other mechanical devices at home will be familiar with the problems caused by spilt petrol. On concrete drives it’s just a case of mopping it up (see Removing Stains From Concrete Drives), which is why you’ll see concrete rather than tarmac used …

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Tools for Laying Concrete

If you’re making a drive yourself, the tools you need will depend to some extend on the type of driveway material you are using. And as a lot of the work is basic digging and foundation laying (see Excavating For A Driveway), before you get to the surface part, many …

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Patterned and Textured Concrete

Many of the driveways seen today that look like flagstones, intricate paving designs or block paving are pattern imprinted concrete (PIC). This is where a Concrete Driveway is laid down then a series of patterned moulds are laid over it while it sets, giving a passable imitation of many different popular types …

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Using Mowing Strips With Driveways

A mowing strip is a great way to make lawn maintenance easier. They are also useful for gravel or stone driveways as they prevent errant bits of gravel or stone from escaping over the edging, particularly if someone drives quickly past. Now that you know about this simple garden design …

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Putting Expansion Joints In Concrete Drives

Expansion joints protect the structure of a drive from cracks caused by concrete expanding and contracting in hot or cold weather. Severe seasonal changes can crack even the strongest concrete, no matter how carefully it is laid. Expansion joints are placed in all large slabs to allow for this expansion …

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Repair and Maintenance of Concrete Drives and Paths

Concrete driveways are heralded as being maintenance-free, but it’s still worth taking a look over them once in a while. Dirt build up will eventually allow moss, then weeds, to get a foothold. Over time, concrete driveways can crack and the edges can crumble if vehicles drive over the edges …

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Edging for Concrete Drives

Most people pick a concrete drive because it’s relative quick to lay, and once it’s down you can forget about it. But it’s important to make sure that there is proper edging along the drive or it can deteriorate quite quickly. The stresses on a driveway are quite severe. As …

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