r/oddlysatisfying Oct 07 '22 Helpful 3 Wholesome 2 Take My Money 1 Rocket Like 1 To The Stars 1 Take My Power 1 Silver 1

Freshly poured diamond-pattern driveway

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u/Lummair Oct 07 '22 Wholesome

"I pour concrete and I know my shit"
These workers

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u/takme2fl2 Oct 07 '22

I’d believe them…

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u/TheDryCracker Oct 07 '22

I can see the result now, I guess I'd believe them too

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u/Exotic_Treacle7438 Oct 07 '22

No sir it’s a driveway.

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u/scooterboy1961 Oct 07 '22

Why can't it be both?

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u/ahabla Oct 07 '22

Both both is good

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u/TorrenceMightingale Oct 07 '22

What ya want…is both.

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u/ScooZuki13 Oct 07 '22

Actually sir, this is a Wendy’s drive thru.

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u/johnnybiggles Oct 07 '22

No sir, this is madame Wendy's driveway.

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u/SmashesIt Oct 07 '22

Concrete is so cool.

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u/redditguru1900 Oct 07 '22

But my tommy gun don’t

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u/notinsidethematrix Oct 07 '22

This job is so good, I'd deploy a battalion to guard this masterpiece as it dries.

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u/TipsyMagpie Oct 07 '22

You only need one cat…

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u/Slovene Oct 07 '22

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u/jenna_kay Oct 07 '22

Thank you for this!

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u/BenHogan1971 Oct 07 '22

"I came to pour concrete and chew gum and I'm fresh out of gum"

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u/leftsetter Oct 07 '22

They lLive, to pour concrete.

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u/_bazinga_____ Oct 07 '22

Ron Swanson?

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u/Blue_Dream_Haze Oct 07 '22 Table Slap

We had our driveway paved when I was a kid. My dad asked why they move so fast when they pour the concrete. This man, in true Ron Swanson fashion said, "Concrete waits for no man."

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u/Lustol Oct 07 '22

"I know more than you"

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u/[deleted] Oct 07 '22

I pour concrete and I know my shit. This looks like a fucking nightmare.

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u/PM_ME_REDDIT_BRONZE Oct 07 '22

It's actually not too bad. I just did one (not to quite this scale) the other day. It's all troweled like normal then when you run a broom across it it goes in alternating directions giving this visual effect making it seem like different colors. It's the same idea of running your hand across a fuzzy blanket to make an area look lighter or darker

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u/Fascist_Pig_Psycho Oct 07 '22

The finish wasn't the hard part here. Laying out all those joints and cutting them straight was the hard part.

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u/WolfmanHasNardz Oct 07 '22

Yes I am a finisher and keeping those lines straight , especially long distances is a royal pain. This looks awesome but I would not be having a good time. The boss is having a good time after they get their check for this though lol

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u/karigan_g Oct 07 '22

like a nightmare to pour?

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u/Fascist_Pig_Psycho Oct 07 '22

You use a tool to push the grooves into the concrete when it's still pretty wet. Then again several times as it hardens. Concrete (usually, especially if used for a driveway like this) has fairly large rocks in it. These rocks have to get pushed out of the way to make the grooves, and can make it tricky to get the lines nice and straight. It's not rocket-science, but it does take skill. They probably had an army of finishers to hand-tool all the joints as they troweled it.

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u/Toiletpapercorndog Oct 07 '22

This looks like royal pain in the ass to finish. Kneeboards give me nightmares

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u/Ownfir Oct 07 '22

Idk man that sounds something like rock science to me.

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u/snifter1985 Oct 07 '22

That’s a work of art

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u/bitemark01 Oct 07 '22

I want to see what it looks like when it's dry, also wondering how long it will last before the surface takes damage

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u/Jugeezy Oct 07 '22

all those expansion joints should keep it from cracking if it was installed right. that and no earthquakes

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u/pnurple Oct 07 '22

Are they really joints or just superficial designs?

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u/mcclure1224 Oct 07 '22

They're called contraction joints, essentially a shallow groove to force the concrete to crack in the joints when it shrinks.

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u/thewanderer79 Oct 07 '22

This guy is right. If not a decorative joint, the groove is also referred as a saw cut and usually is around 1/4 the depth of the slab. Its a ‘weak’ point is the terms that it is slightly weaker than the concrete next to it so the crack goes to the weak spot and does not make a road map out of your drive.

Concrete does 2 things…it gets hard and cracks.

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u/WhyteBeard Oct 07 '22

These guys made it decorative.

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u/tofudisan Oct 07 '22

Concrete does 2 things…it gets hard and cracks.

I relate to this sentence way too much

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u/trchili Oct 07 '22

Despite the lines what you are looking at is one monolithic pour, it’s all one piece. A pour that size is guaranteed to crack, that’s just what concrete does. The lines are cut to encourage the concrete to crack along them, but concrete can be fickle and cracks where it wants to sometimes.

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u/unbeknownsttome2020 Oct 07 '22

If they added wire mesh and did everything correctly it should last years with no problem. With your logic large store parking lots would be cracked all over rather country and they aren't even 10 story parkings are completely concrete. It all depends on the prep work

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u/Fortune_Left Oct 07 '22 Helpful Yummy

It’s fresh concrete, where’s the cat?

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u/BK201_Saiyan Oct 07 '22

Your story brings me back to the first time when i found my late grandparents house on google street view. The owners are now different but oooh boy the torrent of bitter sweet memories the pictures of this old house pulled out of my memory just swept me away ...

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u/llDrWormll Oct 07 '22

you might be able to even see the inside of it on housing listing apps like Redfin

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u/yojunie Oct 07 '22

At an old place I rented, I happened to be walking my dog when the Google car drove by. My dog ended up passing not too long after and I would sometimes go on street view to look at the weird blurry pictures of us walking. It was really disappointing when they finally updated the images.

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u/namaste_yo_self Oct 07 '22

You can still see the old photos under "see more dates" somewhere on the street view page on Google Maps. The option is towards the bottom of the page for me on mobile.

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u/yojunie Oct 07 '22

Wow I had no idea, just found it. I thought for sure 2013 would be too old but we're still there. Thank you so much!

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u/Terrh Oct 07 '22 Helpful

It's funny how stuff can trigger such a deep emotional response.

For me, it was going through old stuff in a box I hadn't opened in years. And here's my dog's stuffed animal. He passed away a long time ago and I hadn't cried about it in years, and in an instant I'm bawling again.

I still miss you, Twister.

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u/rotorain Oct 07 '22

That's a rad dog name, rip buddy

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u/VanillaLifestyle Oct 07 '22

He's ripping it up in heaven

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u/asj3004 Oct 07 '22

I'll take a shower, so I can't tell if I'm crying.

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u/Silvainxyts Oct 07 '22

I'm going in as well.

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u/AniketC007 Oct 07 '22

I'll join in too

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u/Redtwooo Oct 07 '22

Hey what's up? Just 4 dudes having a shower cry together

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u/AniketC007 Oct 07 '22

Bruh don't make it sound more gay than it already is

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u/Updated-Version Oct 07 '22

5 feet apart, so it’s not gay

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u/efcomovil Oct 07 '22

Rubbin backs with soap, all slippery, but no homo, just some dudes crying and trying to be clean. We understand.

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u/RockstarAgent Oct 07 '22

The fuck kind of shower is this? You need a pool and a hose to accommodate that many people and distancing...

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u/PuzzleheadedAd3838 Oct 07 '22

It's never gay unless you make eye contact or your balls touch.

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u/AniketC007 Oct 07 '22

Ohk I'll fuck with it

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u/TRU35TR1K3R Oct 07 '22

Just as long as socks are on, so it's not gay

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u/CrimsonClematis Oct 07 '22

Don’t worry Socks are on, therefore not gay

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u/AlexGrass Oct 07 '22

What are you talking about? No one's crying here!

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u/Ontheroadtw Oct 07 '22

Ya’ll are sword fighting or what?

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u/inuhi Oct 07 '22

Emotional support orgy

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u/OrganlcManIc Oct 07 '22

Party of 4

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u/jaztub-rero Oct 07 '22

Got room for 1 more?

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u/charlieecho Oct 07 '22

Yeah but not gonna lie I thought I was getting shittymorph’d

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u/Cyclonitron Oct 07 '22

For real. I thought the last sentence was going to go Suddenly I am a little kid again in nineteen ninety eight watching The Undertaker throw Mankind off Hell In A Cell, and plummeting sixteen feet through an announcer's table.

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u/Nondre Oct 07 '22

It’s a good day for rain

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u/FullyRisenPhoenix Oct 07 '22

That is seriously like a perfect memory. I’m glad you got to experience that, and sorry for your losses.

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u/asj3004 Oct 07 '22 edited Oct 07 '22

You should reply to u/starstarstar42, it's his memory. But I have a nice one, too:

When she was 3 years old, my daughter was playing with paint. I entered the room and she came up to me and hugged me. Afterwards I realized she had printed her little hands on my t-shirt, which I let dry and saved for posterity.

I forgot about the t-shirt until lately, when I found it in the back of the closet. My daughter is 20 now and the bliss tears flooded my eyes.

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u/MarineR3con Oct 07 '22

I love you

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u/LloydsOrangeSuit Oct 07 '22

Oh man I got to the third paragraph of this story totally engrossed, then as I started reading it a cold thought came to me. Is he about to talk about the undertaker throwing mankind......?

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u/which_ones_will Oct 07 '22

Ha. I immediately scrolled to the bottom looking for it too. But it always shows up where you least expect. I have yet to outsmart /u/shittymorph.

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u/LHSP Oct 07 '22 edited Oct 07 '22

For a moment, a sea of emotions and memories floods in, overwhelming me. Suddenly I am a little kid again; watching the undertaker threw mankind off hеll in a cell, and plummeted sixteen feet through an announcer's table.

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u/Voittaa Oct 07 '22

Driving by your childhood home is always a trip.

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u/sudonathan Oct 07 '22

Solid feels

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u/kipperzdog Oct 07 '22

And now I'm crying. Sorry for the loss of your dad and brother, I'm glad you have fond memories like this one to look back on.

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u/Renzokuken1987 Oct 07 '22

That's a lovely story, but I couldn't help but read it in Robert California's voice when he was telling his Halloween story in the US office. It did make me chuckle slightly.

On topic the concrete looks pretty great.

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u/Bright_Vision Oct 07 '22

Wow, get out of my head,I just watched that episode lol

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u/BigDigger324 Oct 07 '22

I’m not crying, you’re crying!

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u/starraven Oct 07 '22

This is cute thank you for sharing

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u/AccentFiend Oct 07 '22

My dad was an active builder when I was a kid (not for work, but as a hobby). There were many projects involving blocks of cement, etc, and every single time he had one my sister and I were out there being asked to put a handprint and a name and date in it.

My parents still live in the same house but the projects are long torn down. So on the side of their shed, hidden beneath a huge honeysuckle plant are several random looking lumps of concrete that if you brush the dirt off them you’ll find varying size handprints, dates, etc. My mother will get rid of my father before she gets rid of those.

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u/Mufasa-theGhetto Oct 07 '22

I had fat toad jump across a finished driveway on me one time. He just kept jumping and took the longest possible way across.

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u/Agent_Galahad Oct 07 '22

If I were gonna have fresh concrete, I'd be disappointed if I didn't have some cute little pawprints in it

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u/vfernandez84 Oct 07 '22

Exactly my thoughts. Then I saw this is not the right reddit for that.

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u/Taurius Oct 07 '22

"meow"

"Don't do it, cat."

"Meow"

"I'm serious. Don't even think about it."

"MEOW"

"STEP BACK, CAT!"

"MEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!"

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"

falls face first into concrete chasing the cat

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u/TheJungleRaven Oct 07 '22

That would’ve been ODDLYTERRIFYING

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u/Fortune_Left Oct 07 '22

My bad. Is not a cat walking across perfectly laid concrete in its own right somehow “Oddly Satisfying”? I’m sure the cat would think so, coz, cats are like that.

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u/Himikoinuzuka01 Oct 07 '22

I don't know what this says about me as a person but my immediate thought was "step in it"👀😶😭

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u/SexySeniorSenpai Oct 07 '22

Past life: Cat confirmed

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u/savvyblackbird Oct 07 '22

Yeah, cats have been supervising and signing off on stuff for millennia

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u/gahidus Oct 07 '22

A cat would definitely not like concrete on its paws

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u/Fortune_Left Oct 07 '22

It’s never stopped them before.

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u/mikehiler2 Oct 07 '22

It’s never stopped them before.

You jest, yet that’s actually more true than you know. They found paw prints dating from ancient rome proving that cats never cared.

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u/Flaky-Fish6922 Oct 07 '22

the wet lime would probably burn the paws

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u/gahidus Oct 07 '22

Yes, precisely. Concrete on skin is bad news, and cats also don't seem to like when their paws are wet/sticky / gritty.

I feel like most cats who have walked through wet concrete have immediately regretted it.

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u/Iphotoshopincats Oct 07 '22

As a person who's main job is to watch people work with concrete day in and day out

Not work with myself, I literally watch people work with it and almost never touch it.

This video made me feel like I was back at work 4 hours after finishing a 13 hour shift.

A cat walking through it would not only have been oddly satisfying to me but the words cathartic and therapeutic would have also applied

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u/Dim_Problem Oct 07 '22

They only turn up after you've left. Probably watching and waiting from the shaddows

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u/Ozonewanderer Oct 07 '22

Never seen a walk or driveway like this. Well done!

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u/they_call_me_B Oct 07 '22 Starry

Just don't look too closely at the joints. My OCD could never let this go.

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u/AdventurousAirport16 Oct 07 '22

Don't worry, after the kids get a little older they'll find those corners and make it their mission to chip them out. Then after the OCD has attached to a new detail and this one has faded into the background, you can rest it neatly on the pile of imperfections that plague your general sense of well-being in existence.

Sincerely,

An OCD Dad

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u/RathVelus Oct 07 '22

I was enjoying this. What have you done.

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u/askingxalice Oct 07 '22

That's not OCD, stop it.

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u/PromiseChain Oct 07 '22

You don’t have OCD.

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u/trigger16aab Oct 07 '22

As a guy who pours concrete for a living. This is fucking insane

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u/punkinfacebooklegpie Oct 07 '22

How long does a concrete driveway last? All the concrete in my neighborhood is cracked.

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u/Wildcatb Oct 07 '22

A well built concrete driveway in a mild climate can last for generations.

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u/Slinkydonko Oct 07 '22

Time lapse videos of things like this getting built are good viewing on YouTube.

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u/SirCuddlywhiskers Oct 07 '22

Can you recommend a channel or specific videos?

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u/SendHelpImDumb7 Oct 07 '22

He cannot.

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u/SolarisX86 Oct 07 '22

I laughed way too hard at this for some reason

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u/Palmuu Oct 07 '22 Starry

Victory outdoor services

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u/PullTheHolyPin Oct 07 '22

Concrete's orrrrrrrderrrrred! Adios!

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u/540i6 Oct 07 '22

Odell complete concrete. This actually looks like it may be him. He had a video prepping a site that looked similar.

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u/LeafyLion_ Oct 07 '22

All it needs is a cat to walk across it

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u/Diplomjodler Oct 07 '22

Or some chickens.

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u/PreppityPrep Oct 07 '22

100% accurate.

I literally have cat prints in the concrete in front of my house, and chicken prints in the back.

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u/RedVamp2020 Oct 07 '22

Leaves… leaves on very wet concrete. The sidewalk our subcontractor poured had trees by it and now has (albeit, very attractive IMO) leaf patterns from the leaves just sitting on it.

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u/BLACK-C4T Oct 07 '22

In the ~60 year old House i'm working in we have a line of cat prints running through the entire basement. i think it's pretty amazing to see the steps of a cat that is long gone

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u/python_510 Oct 07 '22

Going through closing on a house right now and this gives me an idea for a project I for sure can’t afford

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u/ashyjoints Oct 07 '22

Architect here! While this looks nice now, i personally would advise you to cater more for surface runoff, have porous materials, and use smaller 'tiles'. Research 'permeable pavers' and keep a look out for patterns that allow grass to grow between the tiles. If you ever wanna sell, it'll age much better and look nicer with greenery on either side.

Concrete in such a large area looks cool when new in this nice pattern but after a few years, this design might look a bit dated, it will get burning hot in this kind of sun, and will just look like a dusty grey patch with dirt and grime filling in the cracks.

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u/herbanitethefifth Oct 07 '22

prob like $20,000

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u/R01001010M Oct 07 '22

I know you’re getting a bunch of joke answers below, and I can’t tell if this was sarcastic or not, but this is likely closer to $60,000 or more. I just had a 35ft x 35ft slab poured with a little 20x6 section next to it and it cost $18,000.

So just a really fast estimate based on size alone I counted at least 55 full sized squares. If they’re 8x8 then that’s 3,520 square feet not counting all the edge pieces and pieces I likely missed. That alone is probably $40,000. Plus the pieces I’m too lazy to count, plus how nice it looks and the skill that took.

My buddy had a whole new driveway and patio area poured and stamped. Much shorter driveway but the patio area probably makes it similar on total concrete volume to this and his was $50,000.

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u/UP-NORTH Oct 07 '22

Got a quote about a month ago to pour a 24x75 driveway, $26,000. Craziness.

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u/lisadia Oct 07 '22

Yeah I got a quote to tear out my old driveway and repour a basic ass slab and it was 40k. Nope! Our driveway gonna stay a little below grade and cracked for quite a while longer

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u/R01001010M Oct 07 '22

Shit’s expensive man!

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u/mcfarmer72 Oct 07 '22

And it doesn’t make a really good driveway.

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u/R01001010M Oct 07 '22

I’d take concrete over asphalt any day.

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u/MyCollector Oct 07 '22

It’s statistically going to last 30 years. So if you’re 40 years old and doing it on a 4 bedroom home you probably won’t own once the kids finish college, it’s pretty much one and done.

“Buy it for life” type purchase.

Otoh, asphalt needs attention and resurfacing every 2-3 years.

There’s a reason why larger airports often pour concrete runways if they can afford it.

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u/OldRatNicodemus Oct 07 '22

And now you know why people who have very long driveways often just use gravel for most of it.

A literal dump truck full of gravel costs like 1/10 of that.

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u/bubblebuttle Oct 07 '22

Dump truck of gravel would be 1/100 of that, dump truck load doesn’t cost 4000

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u/OldRatNicodemus Oct 07 '22

Yeah I had no real frame of reference I just know rocks are mad cheap compared to concrete.

Fun to watch em lay it down too. They crack open the back of the truck so the gravel pours at a steady pace and then they just drive the truck forward.

And sometimes they do it in reverse!

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u/DamienJaxx Oct 07 '22

Have you looked into slab leveling? Could be a temporary fix

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u/GeronimoDK Oct 07 '22

So I'm in Europe here and I've never seen anything like that in person, we just don't do that over here... But what does it look like after 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? That's a huge concrete pour, does it not crack or crumble?

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u/mindondrugs Oct 07 '22

That’s part of the reason you see the patterns marked into it - it’s going to crack some, but the lines give it somewhere to control the cracking I believe?

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u/R01001010M Oct 07 '22

It’s unlikely to crack if the lines were done correctly. The sheen will fade.

The biggest issue I see here is that if drivers cut the corners too close to the edge that repeated weight and stress will crack the edges. When you pull in or out you want to make sure you hit the center of the driveway.

Edit: honestly the bigger issue here is that it looks like everything slopes towards the house. They either need a drain in front of the doors or this needs to be someplace that doesn’t get rain. But judging by the trees this ain’t the American Southwest.

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u/curiousengineer601 Oct 07 '22

That slope is a nightmare with a huge water run off area directed right at the house and garage. They need massive drainage in front of the garage and house

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u/FaultSweaty9311 Oct 07 '22

My parent’s house has a concrete driveway and is 50 years old. There is not a crack on it. My house is 30 years old and has a black top driveway that has looks like Giant’s Causeway and I’ve had it repaired twice 😂. But yeah concrete is more expensive due to the labor. With the blacktop they use a machine to place it and roll it out.

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u/Prestigious-Maddogg Oct 07 '22

Closer to $40,000

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u/Has_Recipes Oct 07 '22

$80,000, he said diamonds.

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u/PretzelsThirst Oct 07 '22

$120,000 he said pattern.

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u/OneTPAU7 Oct 07 '22

$240,000 he scratched his nose at an auction.

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u/JasonDiabloz Oct 07 '22

$480,000 shrek

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u/CondemnedSorcerer Oct 07 '22

$960,000 driveway

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u/SH4D0W0733 Oct 07 '22

$1,920,000 poured, not poor

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u/cousin-andrew Oct 07 '22

$3.84m, shaken, not stirred

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u/chabybaloo Oct 07 '22

$7.86m, initial goverment cost

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u/ralph__wiggum_ Oct 07 '22

Must be a government contract

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u/DumpsterPanda8 Oct 07 '22

Then the cat walks over it.

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u/kudichangedlives Oct 07 '22

Are diamonds just a square pattern turned 45°? I honestly thought that they were something different

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u/NocturneCaligo Oct 07 '22

it can also be a rhombus aligned to its diagonal

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u/SaintsNoah Oct 07 '22

A square grid turned sideways are both squares and "diamonds" but stretching it would leave only diamonds

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u/Dawsonpc14 Oct 07 '22

That’s right! Diamonds go into the square hole.

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u/kudichangedlives Oct 07 '22

Circles also go into the square hole. Great job!

One of the best videos ever

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u/SolarisX86 Oct 07 '22

I had to watch it again just because you mentioned it:

https://youtu.be/evthRoKoE1o

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u/Rhesusmonkeydave Oct 07 '22

Doing the gem shape would take some very fancy trowel work

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u/MichiganMafia Oct 07 '22

Yes this is extremely impressive if you know anything about placing and finishing concrete

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u/sfbing Oct 07 '22

Diamonds are rhombuses, and can be squares.

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u/DarthWeenus Oct 07 '22

You also can be a rhombus if you try hard enough

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u/Rivkerfuffle Oct 07 '22

In Dutch we sometimes call this shape ruiten which is also the name of the play card that in English is called a diamond card....

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u/laurenalivia Oct 07 '22

Finally, a contractor that doesn't cut corners, they create them instead

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u/TheInspectorsGadgets Oct 07 '22

You fucker. Did you have to point that out?

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u/wonkey_monkey Oct 07 '22

You know I had no choice.

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u/OfferChakon Oct 07 '22

Many of the corners are cut off to fit the border. Thats just where that one dies. Im 100% ok with this. It completely matches. These guys did a fn stellar job!

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u/ghettoccult_nerd Oct 07 '22

you can, just not right this instant. the concrete is sleeping.

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u/prisonmike1485 Oct 07 '22

Going to go out on a limb and assume this is somewhere in the south otherwise shoveling that would be a nightmare. Shovel handle to the gut every few feet.

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u/Sov3reignty Oct 07 '22

As someone who used to work in this business this is stunning 👌

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u/Cullen7777 Oct 07 '22

Ah yes…the one week a year, first week of October, when concrete becomes workable into a beautiful product.

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u/youretheweird1 Oct 07 '22

Wait, wdym?

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u/Regressum Oct 07 '22

For every 10 degrees above 70f you get one less hour to work concrete before it loses it's slump. If it takes 4 hours to set and you're working in an Arizona summer, you get about 90 minutes to pour and work it.

Usually we would solve that by pouring very early in the morning, but other times schedules say otherwise.

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u/youretheweird1 Oct 07 '22

Oh okay, got it! I'm also in AZ but have never poured more than a basic 10x10 area of concrete so I appreciate the reply; didn't realize it was so finicky. Cheers and thanks so much.

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u/Asparagustuss Oct 07 '22

Too hot sets up too fast. Too cold never drys correctly. I suspect there was a hardening retarder added to this mix though either way.

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u/LightOfShadows Oct 07 '22

yup. Our entire city is doing their concrete projects now.

The local walmart did a 3 day rush job closing half the store lot at a time redoing it. City crews and contractors have half the city closed off for lot and road work. 3 of my neighbors have their project areas marked off for the weekend.

I had the big reminder when I saw the utility flags line down the road this week on the curb of every yard, more flags getting added each day. When I came home this afternoon the streets were painted where the lines were running under them. The long city project of replacing water mains (because they redo the roads in october) looks like it's starting near me this year. Probably first thing monday

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u/Snowdayz7 Oct 07 '22

The sudden urge I have to jump on fresh concrete makes me question if I am actually the bad guy.

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u/uptwolait Oct 07 '22

I'll bet that driveway cost more than my house.

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u/oldDotredditisbetter Oct 07 '22

why do the colors look like chessboard? there's not special treatment right?(like how lawns they roll it a certain way) how are they getting this effect?

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u/notecomaselcoco Oct 07 '22

It looks like they’re brushed in different directions to create that effect

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u/vass0922 Oct 07 '22

Yes I was wondering the same when I saw the brush in perpendicular

Sadly I'm guessing when it's dry it will be less remarkable but still visible.. just in flat grey.

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u/RoadPizzaGourmand Oct 07 '22

I shall commence scrolling for the obligatory "step in it" comments. I'll report back in several days when done counting.

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u/aedroogo Oct 07 '22

That reminds me, you guys really need to hear the new album by Argyle Driveway.

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u/gullwingnosling Oct 07 '22

Nice! But it’s going to hurt when the inevitable micro cracks show up

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u/KeithMyArthe Oct 07 '22

I suppose that if they have done their job correctly, they will crack in the big joins between the diamonds

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u/MichiganMafia Oct 07 '22

Exactly!

Those are called CONTROL JOINTS for a reason

Thanks!!

After reading all these "Reddit concrete mason's" remarks I wasn't sure if anybody knew what they are talking about

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u/Meglamore Oct 07 '22

My folks have their gardens done with this, the slab needs to be cut into large sections. The cracks shouldn't appear then, the concrete has more freedom to expand and contract depending on the weather.

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u/FrancMaconXV Oct 07 '22

"Ice-cream melts and concrete cracks" - literally the only thing I remember from a short conversation I had once with a guy pouring a tennis-court.

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u/Endless_Candy Oct 07 '22

What does the ice cream melts mean in relation to concrete ?

I can’t tell if this has Deeper meaning or I should just take it at surface value

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u/iamatwork24 Oct 07 '22

Just naming 2 inevitable truths

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u/nutmegtester Oct 07 '22

Concrete cracking is as inevitable as ice cream melting. It's going to happen, all you can do is generally direct its path.

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u/nostymelan Oct 07 '22

The urge to just leave a 👣

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u/RedditUser4304 Oct 07 '22

Luckily there's no type of fencing to keep anyone from accidentally walking or driving there too !