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How to Repave a Concrete Driveway | Ask This Old House

In this video, This Old House mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner repave her concrete driveway to make it safer and increase curb appeal.

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Skill level: 3/5
Cost: $500—$1000
Time: 2-3 days

This Old House mason Mark McCullough meets with homeowner Britt to discuss issues with her driveway. The pitch is too steep, and it is uneven and made up of a mix of asphalt, concrete, and gravel. Since replacing the pitch would involve reconfiguring the cement slab in the garage, Britt enlists Mark to pour a new concrete driveway.

• Wire mesh []
• Styrofoam insulation []
• Concrete mix []

You may choose to rent a cement mixer [], jackhammers [], and a plate compactor [] to speed the work along.
• Hearing protection []
• Safety goggles []
• Shovel []
• Picks []
• Rake []
• Trowels []
• Sledgehammers [] of different sizes (3 lbs, 5 lbs, and 10 lbs)
• Screed []

Where to find it?
To break up the old driveway, Mark used both a Brute [] Bosch jackhammer ( and a Hilti TE 1000 [] jackhammer. (

To compact the base soil and gravel, Mark used a Wacker Neuson VP1340 Plate Compactor [] (
All other tools used, including shovels, picks, trowels, and concrete smoothers can be found at local home centers.

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