- Oct 16, 2019
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- North Carolina
Some years ago when I owned the car wash, by "driveway apron" (the patch of concrete from the road to the sidewalk, it measured about 10' deep and 20' wide) had seriously deteriorated at the control joints cut at the midway point of length and width. So, I thought, let's do this right. I thought about cutting the concrete on either side of the joints, maybe a swath about 12" wide in length and width. Then put in new reinforced concrete, and cut new joints. Similar to the way they repair concrete roads when the joints deteriorate.I'm in the same boat. I want to install a Generac auto-start generator at my house. This in itself is $8000, plus installation. I first need to upgrade my panel to a 200 amp, which is about $4000. I also need 2-3 ground rods, which means jacking up concrete, which is another $2000, and run a 6 gauge shielded ground line to the water main, another $2000, a 10' stucco cut and more concrete cutting, stucco patch. All said, it will be about $20,000 to $25,000.
Ridiculous just for a power standby.
So I called a concrete guy or guys; the people to DO and SELL you this kind of work. They said: "Don't do it." "Why, I asked..."
"If we do this, we'll have to get a permit to bust out and removed concrete. We'll have to get a permit to replace it. As this is a state maintained road, it could take two years to get the permitting process complete. They'll make you bring the apron up to code, which it doesn't meet now. I could easily see this taking 2 years, and costing close to $100K by the time you are done. So, what you should do is stop calling concrete guys. Buy cold patch at Home Depot, it's $5/bag. Keep filling the holes with that..."