Progress is happening slowly on the garage project. One thing that’s catching up to us acting as our own General Contractors is all the small stuff that each sub we hire doesn’t do because it wasn’t really their job. Here’s an example:
The guys that demo’d the old garage left a jagged edge of asphalt where the asphalt driveway met the concrete slab of the old driveway. They didn’t bother trying to leave a clean edge on the asphalt, and I didn’t really expect them to. Their job was just to get rid of the old garage.
The guys that poured the new slab didn’t clean the edge up either. Not surprising since it wasn’t really their job. I hired them to pour a slab, and that’s just what they did.
So it fell on us to clean the edge of that asphalt up so we could pour a nice concrete apron in front of the garage. The concrete work is happening Saturday morning (fingers crossed), so we needed to figure out how to get this done.
We don’t have any fancy masonry saws or anything, and renting one just didn’t seem economical. Rental fees were going to run in the $75-$100 range, and that just didn’t seem right for the 20′ cut we needed to make in the asphalt.
So I did what I always do when I’m stumped. I give up and go play with my daughter KP. My wife, realizing that nothing was going to get done unless she took matters into her own hands, went to the big box store and came home with a $16 diamond blade for our circular saw. Brilliant!
Here are some step-by-step directions on how to cut asphalt with a circular saw (or at least how we did it):
1. We used a 15 amp Makita 7.25″ circular saw with a diamond blade.
2. The next thing you’re going to want to do is find the smallest pair of shorts you own, and put them on.
3. We snapped a chalk line, then just tore into it. A circular saw will only cut about 2″ deep, but luckily that was far enough in our driveway. To start, get the blade spinning first, then make contact with the asphalt and slowly sink the blade into the asphalt.
4. I cannot reiterate enough the importance of small shorts.
5. Once the blade was sunk into the asphalt, we just pushed it along easy-peasy. I blew the 15 amp circuit breaker about four times before I wised up and plugged into a 20 amp circuit. Don’t burn the house down, lol.
6. Then just get yourself a shovel or something and lift up the old asphalt chunks. They’ll come right up.
7. And you’re done.
Next up, we’ll shovel that area out, set some forms, and get ready to pour concrete on Saturday.
Anyone out there know how to finish concrete?