Concrete Cutting


Concrete Cutting

This is another step in creating more ways for water to percolate into the earth rather than runoff the driveway and into the storm drain system.

1.
Check to make sure there are no underground utilities or water pipes under the area you are cutting. Contact www.digalert.org.
2. Two approaches: (a) cut the concrete with a co
ncrete-cutting saw (rent at a tool rental store) or (b) break up the concrete surface using a jackhammer or sledge hammer.
3. Pull out concrete to leave a 2- to 3-inch space between the remaining pieces.
4. Fill in the spaces with stones, mulch or low-growing, climate-appropriate ground cover.
5. Re-use the leftover concrete to build a garden bed or retaining wall.

Pavers
Pavers provide the structural support needed for a car, and the spaces in between allow water to soak into the soil below. Of course, this is assuming that you remediated the soil below before installing the pavers and also didn't set the pavers in concrete. One technique calls for leveling the soil then setting the pavers on sand, then "top dressing" with sand to fill in the spaces between the pavers.

The patio below used flagstone, but could have utilized pieces of broken concrete just as well.

13 comments:

gelina said...
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gelina said...

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pamela said...

The concrete cutting is SO easy to do. I did it in my driveway -- it cost a few hundred dollars, and I ended up with nice square pieces of concrete to use as pavers elsewhere. A neighborhood could share the cost of the concrete cutting and everyone do strips across the driveway at the top (near the garage) and bottom (near the sidewalk or street) -- always cut along the existing expansion joints. Thanks for showing these pictures!

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Jane Fairfax said...

This is the perfect solution for us. I want to repave the driveway but I don't want it to be the same as what we had before. The water runoff was a huge problem and it makes the driveway go bad before its time. This seems like a good option to solve our problems.

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James Duke said...

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Lewis Remington said...

I didn't know that concrete cutting was an effective way to create a way for water to percolate the earth. I would love to cut the concrete in my backyard to help the soil. I will probably want the cracks created filled in with some moss or some other small plant. http://www.nationalconcretecutting.com/

Karina Beazer said...

Since I have no idea how to check for underground utilities or piping in my yard, I think that I should just call a professional. We have a gas line as well, so it would be really bad to cut through that. Even though I am confident in my ability to use machinery, I think that concrete cutting is something for the professionals. They would be able to do the whole job in much less time as well.
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Joey Constanza said...

Concrete cutting is something that should always be done by a professional. I wouldn't suggest trying to do it yourself since most of us don't have the right equipment. I'm actually looking at getting some concrete cutting done myself for my driveway. What would be some questions I could ask the company before I decide to hire them. http://www.hardcutconcretesawing.com.au

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