For reasons entirely unrelated to quality of their work I've lost faith in the company that just poured a concrete slab at the (only) entrance to my property.
I am unaware of the details of the mix but the description on the quote was "dig down 150mm compact hard fill then box up with 150mm boxing lay steel mesh and pour 20mpa 20mm concrete with a broom finish"
I was assured that this would be adequate, even with trucks going on the concrete (this would be a fairly regular occurance)
I live in Auckland, and its late spring, meaning the temperatures vary between about 8c and 18c, and 50-80% humidity at the moment.
Before getting the job done, I discussed timings with the contractor and was advised it would be OK to drive my cars over it 2 days after he finished pouring. After an additional day I could drive a light van over it, and trucks could drive over it 14 days after it was poured. It has now been 2 days since it was poured - but the contractor has not yet come back to cut joints in the concrete. Nonetheless he has again confirmed its OK to drive on it.
I have just taken measurements of the slab, and if I am reading it correctly - I'm not sure I am - it is between 150mm and 170mm high at various points. Somewhat concerning however is the low placement of the bit of mesh that is sticking out at the end as per this picture:
I have the following questions - and would appreciate any insights -
Is it really OK to drive on the concrete after only 2 days (I've done some reading online, and have some doubts ), on the other hand, I'm not sure how long I can delay it being driven over due to obligations to others.
Am I correct in my belief that the concrete will further strengthen by in the order of 25% over the next 12 hours, and is this significant ?
If I drive over concrete which is still in the early stages of curing/setting and it doesn't visibly crack, am I weakening the eventual strength of the concrete ?
- If I drive on it prior to joints being cut am I more likely to damage it?
- Is the placement of the mesh a concern ?