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Garage Door Project

jeeper

Currently without Jeep
Location
So Jo, Ut
When I started this project, concrete guys said they’d come June 6, garage door guy said June 12. I spent all weekend cutting out and framing for the new door.

Now the concrete guys say maybe a week or two, and the garage door guy says middle of July 🤦🏼‍♂️

Had to improvise.


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xj_nate

Doctor, economist, polical expert, poser
Location
UT
I paid $10/sq ft earlier this year for flatwork. That included everything from excavation to finish work.

I was talking to a buddy that runs a concrete supply company and he said most suppliers are only letting contractors take 50 yds at a time. Lots of cold joints out there on bigger projects.
 

jeeper

Currently without Jeep
Location
So Jo, Ut
I paid $10/sq ft earlier this year for flatwork. That included everything from excavation to finish work.

I was talking to a buddy that runs a concrete supply company and he said most suppliers are only letting contractors take 50 yds at a time. Lots of cold joints out there on bigger projects.

I haven't actually measured, but by their claimed sq ft, minus the foundation and curb cut fee's, I am paying $9.60.. so that's good to see that I am similar.
 

xj_nate

Doctor, economist, polical expert, poser
Location
UT
I haven't actually measured, but by their claimed sq ft, minus the foundation and curb cut fee's, I am paying $9.60.. so that's good to see that I am similar.
That is good. Our neighbors got some after me and were telling me it was like $6 and then it got finished and they’re wishing they would’ve paid my guys $10 🤣
 

jeeper

Currently without Jeep
Location
So Jo, Ut
It’s been exactly a month since the concrete guys first showed up. They have been here twice. Each time they have spent the entire day to remove 2 trailer loads. It takes them less than an hour to load, then they are gone for 3 or 4 hours, and return for a second load. I think they have done about a half-day of real work combined.

I wasn't here when they left the last time.. but they said we were ready for the inspection. City is requiring 12 inches removed, 6 inches of road base put down, and 6 inches of concrete for the approach. The city doesn't care about the rest of the driveway.
I told them this would not pass, and the contractor said the guy that was here said it was 11.5 at the curb, and 15 at the side walk.

I've got 5" at the driveway.
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7" at the curb
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And 10" at the deepest spot in the middle.
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I told the contractor that I had the day off tomorrow, and to bring me his bobcat, and that I would get it done.
He said they will be back and get it right.

I went ahead and dug both sides down to an actual 12" so they can have a guide.

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Watching them use the bobcat the previous times, I think it actually would be faster just to hand dig the extra out into the bucket.

I just REALLY wish people would do what they say they will do, and simply do it right.
 

Pike2350

Registered User
Location
Salt Lake City
This sounds like my concerete guys. I am not happy with them. They are pouring a new patio at a rental of mine. They started tear out 3 weeks ago. Left dirt piled on the grass, tore out a divinsg fence and stacked it at the back of the property and then formed....all in 1-3 hour incriments over the 3 weeks. Over the weekend I had to set new fence posts before they pour(no notice as to when) i text them that they didnt have th grade deep enough and in some spots the concrete would only be 1" thick. (No road base laid down yet either) They also formed it in a poor manner and I told him in text things needed to be done differently. Show up Tuesday after work and they poured...no notice, no change, junk still piled up. I told him I wasn't happy and thay he needed to fix a few things. That supposedly happened yesterday. I havent been by yet...but I am not hopeful. I hate dealing with contractors.
 

glockman

I hate Jeeps
Location
Pleasant Grove
I guess this is why my cousin can charge $200hr to do concrete flat work. He is fast, thorough and does really good work. Every time I talk to him he has upped his rate and still has work scheduled out till November. He also said he has zero trouble getting mud and that it really helps if you 've paid all your bills on time and not been a pain in the arse to work with for the concrete suppliers in the valley.

Hope you get a driveway in time to shovel snow off of it.
 

Pike2350

Registered User
Location
Salt Lake City
Not to derail @jeeper 's thread but the guy finished today....and after I had to have him fix ANOTHER thing (he sent me pics and poured the extension to the fence post but formed against it so the post is not full encapsulated in concrete) he called me and raised his voice to me and basically accused me of conning into him more work. :rolleyes:

I just went and checked in it..and, while he did get the old fence debri removed he still left the yard a mess...i didnt see any road base under the extensions... bricks and concrete and stakes were all over. They buried a doormat they had thrown on the lawn when they tore up things. Overall it was a mess. I am just glad it's basically done and I can be rid of him
 

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jeeper

Currently without Jeep
Location
So Jo, Ut
I just wish people would do their job right. It’s not that hard to do.

My guys told me they only do 2” of roadbase under the driveway. He looked at me like I was a loony when I said it needs to be at least 4”, and I prefer 6”.
 

Hickey

Premium Member
Supporting Member
I just wish people would do their job right. It’s not that hard to do.

My guys told me they only do 2” of roadbase under the driveway. He looked at me like I was a loony when I said it needs to be at least 4”, and I prefer 6”.
2" isn't squat. I'd personally shoot for six and be content with a few shallow spots of 4".
 

jeeper

Currently without Jeep
Location
So Jo, Ut
I ended up using the contractors bobcat and dug the driveway myself to get it done right and done quicker. I got that done almost 2 weeks ago.
The contractor put road base down Yesterday.
Tonight I went out and dug down about 5 spots that were way higher than the others so I don't end up with 1" of concrete :rolleyes:

I am going to be diligent about keeping it wet for a week or so after it gets poured (in two days says the guy.. we'll see says I) Is there any reason I can't be using my secondary water to wet it? I imagine that will be a lot of water over the week.. and I've read it's even better to have warmer water if possible.. and the secondary is warmer than culinary by a bit. I can even flip a couple sprinklers around to have it be automated...
 

Hickey

Premium Member
Supporting Member
I ended up using the contractors bobcat and dug the driveway myself to get it done right and done quicker. I got that done almost 2 weeks ago.
The contractor put road base down Yesterday.
Tonight I went out and dug down about 5 spots that were way higher than the others so I don't end up with 1" of concrete :rolleyes:

I am going to be diligent about keeping it wet for a week or so after it gets poured (in two days says the guy.. we'll see says I) Is there any reason I can't be using my secondary water to wet it? I imagine that will be a lot of water over the week.. and I've read it's even better to have warmer water if possible.. and the secondary is warmer than culinary by a bit. I can even flip a couple sprinklers around to have it be automated...
Shouldn't be any problem using secondary.
 
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