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Old 04-07-2014, 05:37 PM
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New Driveway Curing Time

I just had my new driveway laid today. How long should I let it sit before I park the boat on it? It's a 04 205v with a tandem axle trailer. So about 4100lbs.

Usually around this time of year I bring the boat out of storage and park it at my house for a week or so to get it all shined up before I take it to the lake.

Forecast for the next week shows 60s-high 70s.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:44 PM
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I just had my new driveway laid today. How long should I let it sit before I park the boat on it? It's a 04 205v with a tandem axle trailer. So about 4100lbs.

Usually around this time of year I bring the boat out of storage and park it at my house for a week or so to get it all shined up before I take it to the lake.

Forecast for the next week shows 60s-high 70s.
You're supposed to wait a week before parking a vehicle on it, depending on temp and rain. Not sure on the boat bit, if it's going to sit in one spot for an extended period of time, it may cause cracking. Did you check with the company that poured it, and ask them how long to wait?
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:51 PM
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I'm still waiting to hear back from them so I thought I'd see if there were any concrete experts here.

The earliest I could get the boat is the night of the 16th so it'd be about 10 days of curing.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:59 PM
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Rule of thumb is at least a week. 2 is better. 10 days should be plenty. How thick a slab; what size rebar, and how far apart is rebar laid out?
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:10 PM
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As long as possible is best. 28 days is ideal. But for most situations a week. I would try to wait 2 at least. All depends on the mix more than anything.

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Old 04-07-2014, 06:17 PM
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Keep it wet! Shoot a sprinkler on it all day long. That will help harden it too!
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:18 PM
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Just a tip. I have heard that it is good to spray the drive down lightly every day so it dries out slower. Suppose to make the concrete stronger. Can anyone verify this or was I fed a load of BS?
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:19 PM
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Never mind ski dog must have been typing that as I was posting this.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:48 PM
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Watering it is a good thing. Concrete doesn't dry, it cures. Water helps with the process.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:25 PM
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As concrete drys it produces heat. As Eddie said, spraying the water cools it helps stabilize the curing.

When the Hoover dam was constructed they had tubes in the molds that circulated water to help with curing. I've read some stuff on the dam that says it won't fully cure for a very long time.
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