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Cement or concrete for drive way border?

Discussion in 'Your Projects' started by diy457, 19 Jun 2018.

  1. diy457

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    I have removed a wall that bordered our driveway from the pavement. I now want to create a secure border / mini ramp (the car can move over) but equally to secure the pavement blocks from coming loose.

    What should I use for this diy fix? Ready mix cement or concrete? I think concrete because thats stronger, right?

    Anything I should do to prep the area to make the mixture stick? Ive never used cement or concrete but I dont see it being difficult using small amounts to make a nice ramp/border.
     

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    you might be able to fit line of new paving bricks into that gap?

    if not, concrete is better than cement.
    wet the area first to stop the water being sucked out from the concrete too quickly.
     
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    Thanks. Not a bad idea fitting a new line of paving but I would have to go slightly deeper and it was hard work getting it to this stage... and I would still have a slight lip I think. Lets see.
     
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    Concrete is a finished product, cement is just an ingredient. You use cement with sand or ballast to make concrete.
     
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    I don't understand the question. Concrete is sand, cement and aggregate. You can get it ready-mixed or mix it yourself. There is no such thing as ready-mixed cement.
     
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    Given the gap, you might be able to buy smooth pebbles to concrete in, and make an attractive border?
     
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    Just realised that when you say "cement" you might mean mortar? That is, sand and cement. I would fill that gap with concrete. It won't take a huge amount, you could mix it yourself in a barrow if you don't have access to a mixer.
     
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    I used two 20kg bags of dry mix concrete to make a footing for a timber wall. The footing was only a small thing, approx 2500mm x 80mm x 100mm. It was pretty easy to use though I'm not sure how it would stand up to heavy traffic i.e. the weight of a car driving over it on a regular basis.
    I mixed the concrete on one of those 'tuff spot' black tray things which cost me about £18 from wickes.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    I would knock out another brick before you try anything, that will give a decent thickness of concrete. Then buy 4 ballast and a cement to do the job.
     
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    sand, cement aggregate, additives, water... in that order
     
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