[lit-ideas] Re: question

  • From: "Julie Krueger" <juliereneb@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 00:28:50 -0600

What keeps the broken up chunks of concrete from puncturing tires?  Do you
dig a path, bury/lay it, and then spread some mortar-like substance in
between?  I do have some concrete around the house that is serving no
purpose (outside); would you think a heavy sledge-hammer would be able to
break it up??

Julie Krueger

On Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 12:24 AM, David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> The latest cheap building material here is chunks of old concrete.  I've
> seen walls made of it.  When we re-modeled, I took bits from a concrete
> patio that had been broken up, and made a new driveway simply by filling the
> gaps with the cheapest form of grey gravel, which is called three-quarter
> minus, or something equally arcane.  If you go this route, it is important
> to wait for the gravel to be fixed in place by several good rains.  I
> followed advice exactly, and had to be towed out; the advice was bad.
> The problem with this solution is that gravel gathers or collects dirt and
> in that dirt, weeds will grow.  The good thing about this solution is that
> it drains very well.
> Transporting chunks of concrete might be expensive, but a couple of
> teenagers and and multiple trips with old truck could do the job.  What you
> need now is to find a neighbor who does not like his cracked, old concrete
> driveway, or a construction site that is trying to get rid of fill.  If this
> is the case, be sure to check for Jimmy Hoffa before you add gravel.
> David Ritchie,
> parking his car on chips off the old block in
> Portland, Oregon
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