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Hi everyone. If you were to lay a new driveway that would join onto an existing driveway what join would be best recommended to help with shrinkage/expansion of the new slab and transfer load when a car drove over it? Any answers would be much appreciated.
 

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Hi jlsconstruction

Should i join the two slabs together?

Would it work if i thickened the edge up say 200mm x 200m where the new slab meets the old, to make it a little bit more difficult the new slab is angled down on a slight rounded slope say 10 degrees towards the junction of old concrete.
Im scared of the new slab cracking on the edge where the cars would drive over this?

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I would use 1/2" x 18" smooth dowels, drill 9/16" holes in the existing slab at about 18" o.c., grease the end that slides into existing. Use a fiber pull top expansion joint, after pour pull the top and then caulk with Vulkem or similar.
 

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Hi QCCI

Thank you for your reply. Would the smooth dowels work if the new slab was hitting the existing on a different gradient, would i have to bend the dowels to make sure they would set in the correct portion of the new slab?

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I would not bend the dowels, they need to be able to move and having a bend in them would inhibit that.
 

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Hi, yes i was thinking that. But how do i get around the new slab not meeting the existing driveway level?
 
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