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Aggregate ratios for a driveway

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I'm putting in two concrete runs for a driveway at the front of the house but I'm not sure what ratio to use. The troughs are 150mm deep, 400mm wide and 4m long.
Also, does anyone know how much of each cement and ballast I'll need?

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Thanks Ron. Do you think I'll nee to put hardcore down? I'm parking my freelander on it but have allowed a deeper section of concrete where the wheels will be.
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When i was in the building trade we used a mix of 4.2.1
4 shovels of aggregate, two of sharp sand (difference; sharp sand is for concrete and builders sand is for mortar and plastering).
and one shovel of cement.
4;2;1. Good strong mix!
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Hi Darren if it was mine I would add some rebar to help hold the sections Nothing worse than broken lumps of concrete. Also don't lay the sections too big. Allow for some movememnt which helps to prevent breakage.
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In that case, do what I have and lay a thck layer of gravel! Ooops! sorry, Cotswold Chippings.

Its easy to maintain as you just rake it, plus if oil drops you just remove the dirty gravel involved...plus it doen't puddle or crack!
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Hi Darren if it was mine I would add some rebar to help hold the sections Nothing worse than broken lumps of concrete. Also don't lay the sections too big. Allow for some movememnt which helps to prevent breakage.
Its only two runs, and I will have an expansion joint a third of the way as it needs to go upward a bit before levelling off. If I can get some rebar I will.
I don't want just gravel as there's nothing worse than hearing tick tick tick as you drive. I will have gravel in between the runs so any oil can drip on there, hopefully there won't be any, LOL
Just need to try and work out exactly how much I need of cement, ballast etc
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When i was in the building trade we used a mix of 4.2.1
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I will second Mark's recommendations. I used to work for my dad who had his own building company many moons ago, and thats the mix we would use. I would also put a plastic membrain down first to stop the weeds pushing through.
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