Re-using old driveway base?

24 Dec 2011
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I took up the knackered old slabs from my drive and underneath is a nice solid concrete base. Its too bumpy to pave now but has no cracks, weeds etc. Being the tight git that I am, I'm wondering how to re-use the base to make a presentable drive on the cheap (getting ride of the concrete will be a nightmare as well :( ).

Gravel would be dangerous, or is there a trick that the paving expert site has missed?

Would self-binding gravel be too agricultural looking outside a house?

Any thoughts more than welcome!! ;)

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You cant self binding gravel as there is no drainage through the concrete and therefore it will get washed around.

Really on a solid concrete slab asphalt, resin bound gravel or slabs of some sort are your only options.

Had an idea. Lay slabs but with gravel around them- not in big enough spaces for it to slide about (also gravel that isn't that slidey). That would get around the slight bumpy/uneven base.

To kango up the base, skip it & pay to get it done properly is depressing!
Your tyres will throw the gravel everywhere. There is no miracle fix for this one, you either chose one of the finishes i mentioned or you go with a cheaper but ill advised gravel arrangement and live with the compromise.

I can thoroughly understand it is depressing how much a new drive costs, you should see the look on some peoples faces when you give them a ball park figure.

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First you say its too bumpy to pave, then you say you might pave it with some gravel thrown in.....

why not lay slabs on a good strong mortar mix right over the concrete?
There are a few lumpy bits of old cement that would make paving tricky, I guess I could smooth it out though.

I'm thinking along the lines of ripping it up at the weekend and getting a quote for a sub-base to be put in. Then I can just stick some decent stones on the top myself. Probably the cheapest way to get a respectable drive?

Its quite a big space so a proper block paved drive would cost ££££ :eek:

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