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Is it normal to use a grinder to finish a new driveway?

That looks like a very poor finishing job to me. I've assisted on many driveways and never had to go back with a grinder. Finishing it wet is all it takes and leaves the desired surface that isn't ...
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How can I lift a sunken paver in the middle of my driveway / patio / walkway / sidewalk?

I've done it two ways. Take a coat hanger and bend a 1" 90 degree at the end of a straightened out hanger. Insert the bent edge down into the seem and twist the hanger so the 1" piece turns ...
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Is it normal to use a grinder to finish a new driveway?

Jack has a good answer but want to add. This strikes me as a concrete job done after they did another with whatever was left over. If the mix is that dry there could be major long-term issues. ...
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Getting a power pole moved

This is a job for an easement, plain and simple. There's another driveway right next to you that is well-situated. You need to be as quiet as a mouse about your level of desperation, and just ...
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Is it normal to use a grinder to finish a new driveway?

Great answers here already. To add... The seam between the current concrete that's "set", and the new surface concrete they plan to pour, is referred to as a "cold joint". It's ...
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How can I lift a sunken paver in the middle of my driveway / patio / walkway / sidewalk?

I've recently seen a video but can't find the link. Consider a Flexible Joint Knife, or the equivalent in a fairly wide spatula. Get a pair of them, to enable uniform lifting. Slice from each edge of ...
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Can I use logs and stumps as driveway fill?

Bad idea - as it rots, it will become spongy and sink as you drive on it, and become very un-level.
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate?

My suggestion is to add to the size of the concrete drive way in the following manner: This gives you the option of backing up out of the car port in the new area toward the rear yard. Then you can ...
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How can I lift a sunken paver in the middle of my driveway / patio / walkway / sidewalk?

Try using a pressure washer and a wet/dry vac to erode the sand and debris in the gap between the pavers. That'll hopefully get you to a place where at least the paver block can wobble freely, which ...
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How can I lift a sunken paver in the middle of my driveway / patio / walkway / sidewalk?

Just to add to the various hints, and complete the picture of available techniques, professionals who do this a lot would use a vacuum slab lifter, something like this: Source: Express Tools However ...
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How can I remove these tree roots grown under the concrete slab?

I'm hesitant to say "no way" because if you spend enough time and money you could possibly get these out from below while supporting the slab and then somehow find a way to push it back down....
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What might I do about the 1/4 to 3/4" gaps at the edges of my blacktop driveway?

Personally, I wouldn't do anything. Whatever you do will look like a patch job, and it won't stop the rest from deteriorating. Not worth the effort. If you're determined to do something, consider ...
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How to repair street end of driveway that has loose asphalt?

Asphalt is only as good as the base it's laid on. The fact that you appear to have vegetation growing out of the cracks implies that the base may be a bit iffy right there. There's no particular ...
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate?

I'd leave the driveway as it is. I'm not a fan of half-acre concrete slabs. I'd install some "rumble strip" edging pavers or small boulders (partially embedded in the ground) to give drivers a haptic ...
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How can I remove these tree roots grown under the concrete slab?

Easiest is to just let the roots rot. You can tar or herbicide the ends (where you cut them) to keep them from sprouting. The slabs will hopefully settle back down to flat. It's possible they'll ...
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What might I do about the 1/4 to 3/4" gaps at the edges of my blacktop driveway?

They may have done poor preparation and installation work, but the gaps here look like a result of the brick moving rather than any kind of failure or movement in the asphalt. There exist crack seal ...
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate?

I would go the other way from Michael Karas. I'd eliminate the double S-curve, and make the entry to the carport a steady curve of same radius. That would cause it to miss the house entirely, and ...
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Getting a power pole moved

I have had 2 poles moved (1 moved simple on my property, the other 1 added to move another. The first one only cost about 5k because we owned the 2 homes that this pole Fed (only 2 existing homes) ...
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Is it normal to use a grinder to finish a new driveway?

Finishing does not just make the concrete look nice - it surfaces the 'cream' - it makes the cement come on top to make it stronger. Each hour, the top should be resurfaced to drive out the excess ...
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate?

Whether you add on extra concrete or add rumble strips - both really good ideas - I would protect that corner of the house. My neighbor has very very similar rebar sunflower lawn art in their yard as ...
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Is it normal to use a grinder to finish a new driveway?

If the concrete has "expired" before or during the pour, I believe that concrete needs to be completely removed and redone. Expired concrete will not cure to "design" strength. I ...
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What are the options to extend driveway (walking only)?

You need to find out from your local municipality what code dictates that surface needs to be, if they care. Often times that part of the driveway area (from sidewalk to street) is actually owned by ...
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate?

I'll throw an answer out there, answering my own question but not necessarilly the correct answer. Remove the existing driveway and build a new one that makes more sense: This has the upside of ...
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Is it normal to use a grinder to finish a new driveway?

Not poured wet as noted above, the strength of the slab on grade will be compromised. Strength is directly related to length of curing time. Such inexperience also calls the installation of ...
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Is this the normal curing process for my new driveway?

From my experience, concrete is dry enough to touch within hours to a day. It's normally hard enough to walk on after 24hrs, but it will scuff. To reach full-rated strength, it can take a month. So ...
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate?

Move the driveway like this, plant some trees and shrubs in front of the house
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Why is newly applied asphalt not smooth?

That is terrible and totally unacceptable. There are several issues: 1) insufficient asphalt to bind the aggregates, 2) no compaction, 3) improper aggregate mix, 1) Asphalt (liquid) should be a ...
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How can I lift a sunken paver in the middle of my driveway / patio / walkway / sidewalk?

What works for me is using two pruning saws. Place one in the gap on each side of the paver, then twist each one so the teeth grab the paver. Then lift. Easy.
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Fitting a small parking space that is parallel to the street

For nearly all cars, I expect the answer to be No, this parking spot will not be usable as currently described. For this example, I've used a 5-door Kia Rio, generally considered a small car. It is ...
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