How to Patch a Concrete Driveway

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Although your driveway is mainly used as a thoroughfare from your garage to the street or alley, it still makes up a good section of the front or back of your home. Because of the weight of the cars that travel on it, a driveway can become cracked. If the cracks are not gigantic, you most likely can fix them yourself with the right tools in an afternoon.

Things You'll Need

  • Chisel
  • Garden hose
  • Wire brush
  • Cement mix
  • Water
  • Trowel or putty knife
  • Plastic tarp
  • Widen the crack to a width of approximately 1 inch using a chisel. Make sure the bottom of the crack is wider than the top.

  • Wet down the crack and area surrounding the crack with water for at least an hour. This will keep the surrounding cement moist, which will prevent it from drawing water out of the cement patch.

  • Clean away all excess standing water around the cracks. Clear out any debris or dust using the wire brush. The area must be completely clean before you start.

  • Mix the cement with water to achieve a patch that is the consistency of thick paste.

  • Force the patch into the crack with the putty knife or trowel. Make sure you get as much of the cement mixture into the crack as possible.

  • Allow the cement patch to dry for two hours. Cover the crack with a plastic tarp for five days. Throughly wet the area under the tarp at least once a day.

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