A bobcat is a versatile machine, built to work in areas where other machines can’t. For areas where the access is pretty limited, and you cannot make use of wheelbarrows, shovels etc., a bobcat will come in handy.
Laying down a driveway with manual tools or manual labor can be quite cumbersome. Whether it's digging, tiling, shifting material or more, a bobcat will be the ideal choice for all these works.
To build a driveway, you need to use heavy equipment like a bobcat. The installation will be simple and quick as most of the grading equipment and front end loaders will handle most of the work and get the work done efficiently and with minimal impact.
Simple driveways made of concrete are sturdy and are aesthetically appealing. These are the steps it takes to build a driveway:
1. Inspect if there are any underground utilities.
2. Inspect your land and mark the boundaries and the driveway area.
3. Excavate the topsoil and level out the soon-to-be driveway area.
4. Mark the driveway location with stakes.
5. Fill in with sand and gravel
6. Compact the gravel
7. Pour out the concrete and level it out
8. Allow the concrete to set and cure.
You should check for underground utilities, work around those or relocate them if they are hindering your construction job. As a next step, you will survey your land and mark its boundaries. With the help of wooden stakes and stings, mark the driveway area.
The next is the most important step that involves the use of the bobcat. You should excavate the topsoil using a bobcat. You should scrape off as many inches of topsoil as you want the driveway to be. Generally, you should excavate around 250 mm down from the level of the ground. A bobcat is the ideal excavating machine for installing a residential driveway.
While excavating the topsoil with the bobcat, be sure to leave a slight slope for water to drain away from the foundation and building.
The base of the driveway should be well packed to lay down the driveway. The next step in laying down the driveway involves using filler like sand. This will firm up the base. You will then add 4 to 10 inches of gravel. You should then compact it by driving the bobcat across several times, back and forth.
As a final step, you will pour concrete and spread it across. Again, this can be done with your bobcat to ensure a smooth and even finish. Once you allow the concrete to dry and cure, your driveway is not ready for parking your car or accommodating foot traffic!
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