Concrete finisher question

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by lawnMaster5000, Dec 5, 2011.


Please let me know what you would do

  1. There is nothing wrong

  2. use a different concrete guy next time

  3. make them tear it out and repour

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  1. lawnMaster5000

    lawnMaster5000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 591

    We hired a concrete contractor to pour a driveway at a clients property. We did extensive landscaping in the rear of the property and the concrete driveway is the final portion of the project. My question is in regards to the exposed side of the driveway. Due to drainage the driveway is about 4" above the neighbor's lawn. We added a rolled curb making the total exposed edge about 8".

    Question is:
    Is the concrete contractor expected to finish this exposed edge of the driveway, or is it normal to just leave the forms on until the concrete is hard?

    Picture from street.

    Showing the left side of the driveway (neighbor's view) (pic 1).

    Showing the left side of the driveway (neighbor's view) (pic 2).

    The client at the last minute added a hot tub to the project. We had the concrete company pour the pad for the hot tub. (client picked location) Water is about 3/8" deep in the middle.

    Please let me know how you would proceed.
    1. There is nothing wrong.
    2. Be more specific next time.
    3. They need to tear it out and fix it.




  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,508

    what in the world are you gettin at?

    for a concrete job everything looks fine.

    Bring in your top soil and do your backfill and you're done. LOL - Were you expecting the concrete guys to do the backfill?? They're concrete finishes, they work with concrete, not soil!

    But the paver work looks like crap with the joint sand all sloppy.

  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,315

    Option 1 & 2.
  4. lawnMaster5000

    lawnMaster5000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 591

    Paver walk just has mud on it from when the concrete was done.

    Along the side of the driveway it is the neighbor's property and we do not have authorization to raise their lawn. We can not back fill along that edge. This was made clear to the concrete crew prior to them bidding on the work. Obviously we do need to back fill, but cant raise the lawn.

    Thank you for your replies.
  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,508

    ummm.....I'm sure the concrete guy did not just put that rolled curbing on without you being aware it was going to be done.

  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,508

    I see some "mud" on pavers too. The mud in the pic is brown.

    What is appearing to my eye (with 15.5 years of experience) is tan on my computer screen and I'm 97.95% sure it's joint sand.......

  7. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,653

    Everything looks fine to me, no concrete guy is going to finish the sides unless you specified that from the beginning. I wouldn't bother him if I were you, too late now anyway for anything to be done. Why won't the neighbour let you bring the lawn up, are you assuming they won't or you know they won't. Either way, big deal, its concrete and its going to last a long time.
  8. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    I don't see anything wrong with the concrete. I guess I'd think about curb on both sides instead of just on the left side. Backfill it and seed it.
  9. IES

    IES LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    If you don't backfill and seed it you are going to have erosion under the concrete
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  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,541

    Are you saying that the edge of the driveway is right on the property line? Backfill, put in a low hedge, do something it just looks very unfinished. I'm sure the owners agree.
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