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Old 07-01-2018, 07:13 AM   #1
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Concrete driveway crack

Tapping into the wealth of materials knowledge here. I want to do something about this crack in my driveway. Mostly want to stop water and vegetation from making it worse. Thinking about filling it with some properly mixed Quikrete. Any better ideas at near the same price point?
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Old 07-01-2018, 07:48 AM   #2
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Welcome back, Dan.

Quikrete's Concrete Mix would likely be my first choice if that crack is as big as it looks. They make other products that might be better if the crack is too small for the pea-gravel mix.

And you do understand that you'd just be filling the void, not actually repairing the existing concrete, yes?

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Hi, Dan. I have used a 2 part rubber product that is used on pool decks. Pool companies use it between the bond beam and deck, which need to move independently of each other. The joint is cleaned out and a foam rod is installed so that the rubber is only on the top 1/4 inch or so. Then sand is sprinkled on the rubber to give it texture. This stuff works well on decks but is much more expensive than concrete mix. I have no idea if it would work on what you're doing. It sticks to about anything it touches. I spilled a hand full on the bed of my truck a couple years ago and it's still there. It's called Deck-o-Seal. Hese's a link to a distributor.
https://www.mudsupply.com/Deck-O-Sea...CABEgK4tvD_BwE
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Awesome to hear from you, Dan!

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We're on the same page, CX. No expectation of structural improvement - just filling a crack and slowing it from getting worse.

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Quikrete, etc, make expanding-type fillers that might fill better and seal out water a little better, but I'm sure it would be a lot more expensive in a crack that size. By expanding, they mean just enough that there is absolutely no shrinking as it cures, not expanding enough to further move the sides of your driveway.

If you use the concrete mix, you'll want to use as little water as possible to reduce the shrinkage as much as you can.

How wide/deep is that crack?
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Haven't actually measured it, but I'd say it's about 4 inches wide in some places and nearly as deep.
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Yep, sounds to me like a job for Concrete Man!
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That's wider than I thought. I don't think the product I mentioned would work.
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If it did, Davy, he'd need to take out a second mortgage to pay for it.
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Any Idea as to why such a large crack formed in the first place, Dan????

Does it open up and close again depending on weather conditions???

Reason I ask, is that here in Texas (some parts anyway) we are plagued with expansive clay soils that create all sorts of problems in concrete foundations (driveways), and masonry veneer walls. Conditions get wet, clay expands, heaves against the slab, slab cracks. Shows in the veneer, or internal sheetrock as a vertical crack that gets wider as it gets higher.. Conditions dry out, the expanded soil shrinks back, and the cracks start to close up. Lot of damage has been done by filling the open cracks with hard mix and the inevitable reverse movement crushing against that hard mix.

Not at all suggesting that your situation is the above, but if it is, you might be better off using something with some give to it.

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Looks like that driveway has plenty big movement accommodation joints on the outside edges if the filled crack wants to expand, John.

I have demonstrated for customers such seasonal movement in old concrete foundation cracks by gluing a piece of glass across the crack. Maybe Dan could glue a sheet of plywood across his driveway to see if it'll break?
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I've owned this property for about 5 years. The drive does not appear to have changed much in that time, so it seems fairly stable. I believe it was poured in the late '80s. I realize that nothing I do to that crack is going to improve the structure of the drive. I mostly want to stymie vegetation and slow the process of further erosion. I suspect my work will look pretty good at first, but then it will become almost immediately apparent how much the "2 sides" move in relation to one another.

I'm good if the cost of saying "I tried" stays under 50 bucks.
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