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Topic: Concrete & asphalt

G Page asked:

Jul 13, 2021

Mason Hearn of HomeMasons, Inc. PRO answered:

Jul 20, 2021

Best answered by an attorney in your state.  In Virginia, we have a very simple legal filing called a "warrant in debt" which demands collection of such debts.  The process varies by state; hopefully there is a simple means to make your claim in Georgia, as the legal fees for filing and pursuing a full-blown lawsuit would likely well exceed the amount due back to you.

You may also consider filing a formal complaint with the professional licensure board.  In Georgia, that is a division of the Secretary of State.  See:

Misapplication of construction funds is a serious offense.  You will have to determine with your attorney whether you wish to pursue.

Georgia has a criminal statute, O.C.G.A. §16-8-15, titled: Conversion of payments for real property improvements. This statute provides a criminal cause of action if:

Any contractor, sub, or other person who with intent to defraud shall use the proceeds of any payment made to him on account of improving certain real property for any other purpose than to pay for labor or services performed on or materials furnished by his order for this specific improvement while any amount for which he may be or become liable for such labor, services, or materials remains unpaid commits a felony.

Chad Curry asked:

Nov 18, 2019

Larry Giles answered:

Dec 16, 2019

Depends on a couple different things. 1, direction you wish to widen in  conjunction with current roof framing. 2, Size and or restrictions in property limitations. Would be willing to give you a quote and discuss options

Chad Curry asked:

Nov 18, 2019

Jeff Petrucci answered:

Nov 25, 2019

This really depents on how the exisitng garage is framed, but in most cases is could be possible. Would entail a new header and side studs, then then siding & trim. 

Oct 7, 2019
Oct 19, 2019

Yes - make sure you have a good base when you cut out the area to be widdened. The base is as important (if not more) than the amount of asphault you put down as a top coat.

Oct 7, 2019

Kevin Nagai of Starlight Homes PRO answered:

Oct 10, 2019

Hi Martha. It is best you reference your community's deed restrictions on driveway widths. Any modifications to the exterior of your home or property usually requires ACC/ARC (Architectural Control/Review Committee) and HOA approval prior to those changes. If you live in the jurisdiction of a municipality you may need to get permits and inspections, as well.

Aug 7, 2017

Jacob Vierzen of R-Value Homes PRO answered:

Sep 6, 2017

The old quip about the only things certain in life are death and taxes could be added to: and concrete will crack!

Concrete cracks for a variety of reasons, but the most common one is normal and not a durability or structural problem: shrinkage. Water is necessary for concrete to cure (it does NOT dry, it is a chemical reaction called hydration), but we will add more water than is necessary for hydration just to get the concrete to flow so we can work it into the shape needed. As the concrete is curing, excess water is evaporating, and the volume of the concrete in your driveway shrinks. This causes it to pull apart from itself, and that is why you see the small cracks develop shortly after pouring. Under certain conditions they even begin the day of the pour!

Sawing control joints in the slab is an attempt to control where the cracking takes place, so it is not unsightly.

There are other reasons for cracking, but an explanation takes much more time; and from your description I think you are witnessing shrinkage cracking.

What can you do? Nothing at all. It is a normal part of a concrete slab.

Aug 7, 2017
Aug 14, 2017

Check the frequency and depths of the control joints/sawcuts they installed for your driveway.  They all are subject to industry standards.  A driveway that is 4" thick should have control joint/sawcut depths of 1" deep (24% of the total thickness) and not more than 12 feet apart.  Check these out and if he has installed the concrete within these limits then it is difficult to warrant random cracks that appear.  

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