Best Time To Cut Or Repair A Driveway

Best time to cut a driveway?

 

Determining the best time to cut a driveway and or repair it is definitely based on the many different levels of wear and tear on an individual basis. It may seem insignificant, but “who” laid the foundation as well as the expected use of the driveway plays a major part in the lifespan of it.

Has there been more demand put on the surface than what was originally intended? Does the driveway belong to a business that has and will continue to grow? Or was it built to serve the purpose of a simple family consisting of two people originally? In either case, any additional demands placed on it can cause damage to occur much sooner than may have been anticipated.

If the individual or company that initially installed the slab or series of slabs did not take future possible use into consideration, it may be a good idea to make sure future contractors consider possible future demands.

In a situation where the pavement was installed to accommodate normal day-to-day use for small delivery trucks or simple day-to-day parking, filling cracks and crumbling areas can be expected. It is when a company or homeowner relies on the structure to support much heavier equipment than regular automobiles that damage begins to occur more often.

The above-mentioned example is just an idea of realistic driveway conditions that require attention as quickly as possible. A few of the problems that cannot be avoided over the lifetime of pavement are:

Cracks in the foundation occur over the years as the earth shifts and settles to accommodate whatever structure is placed upon it. During different times of the year extreme weather conditions can cause rapid deterioration as well. Floods and the damaging strength of heavy snowstorms contribute to a great deal of damage that occurs.

In light of what has been discussed, the best time to cut a driveway and make repairs is immediately when a problem is recognized. The longer a crack exists the quicker it will spread and become a much larger problem than it needs to be. The longer a hole exists in the pavement means the more chances water has to create a sinkhole or even worse. To compound the problem, applying continuous stress on surfaces that are suffering from these problems inevitably will become a tremendous headache for both business and residential properties.

How to cut exposed aggregate concrete driveway

Why It’s Better To Call The Professionals To Cut Your Exposed Aggregate Driveway

There are a lot of reasons why a driveway made of concrete may have to be cut. If there are problems with underlying sewer pipes, cracks in the concrete, expansion joints to be added and more. Exposed aggregate can be a bit difficult to cut and get a nice finish on since the exposed rocks are extremely hard, much harder than concrete. There are special tools that can be used by professionals, here are some tips.

You’ll Have People Tell You That Cutting An Exposed Aggregate Concrete Driveway Is Hard

Normally, if all you’re cutting is just concrete you can buy or rent a concrete cutting saw or even just put a diamond blade your circular saw and get the job done. But with the exposed aggregate you’ll have the problem of getting a straight and smooth cut because the aggregate is very hard, many times harder than concrete.

There is, however, a special concrete cutting saw that you can use that has a large diamond blade and a liquid cooling system. You can most likely rent one at the local tool rental yard, however, by the time you rent the saw, buy the cooling liquid, and waste your time doing it, you most likely could have paid a professional crew to do it instead.

The biggest key to getting a perfectly straight, smooth cut, that isn’t jagged and ugly is to have a firm grip on the saw at all times, then go slow and don’t force the cut. If you push too hard the blade will slip to the side of the smooth aggregate rocks and leave a zigzag cut as you go. Let the wet-diamond blade do all the work and keep the cooling liquid flowing. If you push too hard, not only will you get an uneven cut, but you may also burn or scorch the expensive diamond blade.

The guys at the rental yard will inspect the blade before you leave and then again when you return. If it looks like you’ve ruined it, you may have to pay a high price for a replacement. Also, it’s quite possible that the previous renter of the saw has already ruined the blade and you won’t be able to get your job done and still might have to pay for the blade.

If you’re in doubt, call the professionals, they’ll have a nice sharp blade and know exactly how to use it. It takes some skill and you probably would rather have it done right than have a squirrely cut that you can’t be proud of.

Why You Should Use The Best Cutting And Grinding Tools

When you are trying to get a job done, especially when you are working with concrete, working with the best possible materials is one of the ways that you can make sure you are getting the best possible results. When you choose to go with lesser tools, you are actually putting yourself, and everyone else who has worked with you, at risk.

Thankfully, it is generally rather easy to make sure that you get the best possible tools. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they are going to be the newest, often times the older tools will actually work better, but it does mean that they will be the ones easiest able to do the task. This may mean looking into different reviews, asking other people in the industry what they have done, or otherwise working towards an understanding of the other tools in the industry.

Even if you have the best possible tools, you will need to make sure that they are kept in good shape. Oil them, make sure that they are kept clean, replace the blades as they need, not just as they get too dull to cut, inspect them before you start on a new job, and always care for them according to the manufacturers instructions. This will both keep your warranty valid and will ensure that you are always getting the best results for the smallest amount of effort.

Using the best tools will also keep people around your safer. This is because tools that are well made, well maintained, and regularly inspected are tools that are not going to break in the middle of a job. There is nothing more horrifying than a blade that comes flying off in the middle of a cut or a machine that traps someone as they are working. A good contractor owes it to themselves and to the people around them to work with the best possible materials, preventing problems that could harm them and others.

Overall, getting the best cutting and grinding tools is going to cut out a large amount of work, will make the work that is done look better, will ensure that results last longer, and will ensure the safety of people around you as well. The best tools will often end up saving you

 

 

 

How do you cut a concrete block?

Cutting a concrete block is a difficult task for any mason, whether they’re a rank amateur with hardly any tools or training or a veteran of the trade of years of experience. For those who do need to cut concrete blocks, however, the possibilities are wide open. Archways, curving walkways, planters in a wide range of shapes and sizes and any number of masonry projects rely on the mason’s ability to cut a concrete block according to the right sizes and dimensions as accurately as possible.

While most masons do not need to be as accurate as the ancient Egyptians were building the pyramids of Giza, most masons do still want to do a decent job with their cutting and laying. But how does one cut a concrete block?

The cheapest but also most time-consuming method is also hands down the oldest method of shaping blocks on planet Earth; with a hammer and chisel. The cut will be rough and jagged, not exactly safe for children and animals without some grinding down of the edges. But for those with limited budgets and plenty of time, it gets the job done. The first step is to lay out the lines on all sides of the block what shape you want the block to take. A chalk or pencil outline generally works well enough once you’ve decided what shape the block will take.

After that, with the chisel and hammer, start chiseling a 1/8″ deep score (or indentation in the brick in layman’s terms) across the places where you want the block to be split. Once you have a decent score everywhere you want the block to split, place the chisel at the top most part of the brick and then bring your hammer down hard on the block. The block should break apart into the shape you chiseled the score into.

Other methods of cutting concrete blocks also exist, but these tend to be heavy duty tools typically used mostly by professional masons and skilled do it yourselfers who need a cleaner, less jagged cut. There are power saws that can cut through concrete blocks. Making marks around the brick and then cutting them slowly and carefully (and moving the saw away from your body) is the best way to use these tools. There are also specialized concrete block splitters that are very easy to use in a similar but more automated manner that leaves precise but jagged cuts.