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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Work

At THE HANDYMAN CLARKSVILLE LLC in Clarksville, Tennessee, we know that you probably have a lot of questions about your upcoming fencing installations or other type of home renovation project, and we are happy to answer them all. Please take a look at some of our frequently asked questions to better understand the work we do and the services our concrete contractors and craftsmen offer. If your question in not listed, please fill out our contact form.

Most Commonly Asked Questions About Concrete Projects

Q: How thick do you pour the concrete?
A: Four inches is the most common thickness for driveways, patios, and sidewalks.

Q: How do you set up the gradient to prevent water from pooling or going into the home?
A: We set the gradient using key points such as the sidewalk, the street curb, and the garage apron if there is one. We also determine which way the water needs to flow to ensure that it moves away from the home.

Q: Do you use rebar wire for reinforcement?
A: We do not use reinforcement unless the customer has heavy campers or large trucks. The concrete strength is rated at 3,000 pounds per square inch, and is more than capable of supporting standard size vehicles.

Q: What will you do to prep the site?
A: We will come in and determine what gradient we should be creating. Next, the loader operator will remove all gravel and dirt to get the gradient properly set. All of the unnecessary dirt will be hauled away, unless the customer wants to keep it. Some of the gravel will be used as a base that goes under the concrete. All of the extra gravel will be hauled away. The framework will be installed and then the concrete will be poured.

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Q: Do you have any warranties in case of cracks?
A: We are unable to warranty concrete against cracks. It is a known fact that concrete will crack. This can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Unstable Ground Underneath
  • Heavy Equipment or Trucks Driving On It
  • Vehicles Driving Off the High Edges
  • Not Enough Joints for Proper Expansion

We will do our best to pre-determine where the stress points may be and joint those areas. Anything over 12 feet wide will be jointed automatically. You can rest assured that our concrete jobs have been known to hold up well!

Q: Does it need to be sealed after it dries?
A: That is normally up to the customer; however, 98% of customers do not seal it.

Q: After it's poured, how long before I can drive on it?
A: We suggest you let it dry for at least 5 to 7 days before driving on it. However, you can walk on it the next day.

Most Commonly Asked Questions About Fencing Projects

Q:How deep do you place the posts?
A: All wooden posts are placed at a depth of 2 feet. Galvanized corner posts and gate posts are also placed 2 feet deep. Galvanized line posts are installed 1 foot deep.

Q: How much concrete do you put into each hole?
A: Holes that are 2 feet deep get 60 pounds each, and 18-inch deep holes get 30 to 40 pounds.

Q: What type of wood do you use?
A: All of the wood used by THE HANDYMAN CLARKSVILLE LLC is pressure-treated pine.

Q: How do you build the framework for wood fences?
A: We start by lining the perimeter with 4x4x8 wooden posts that are placed 8 feet apart. Then, we install 3x4x8 or 2x4x8 runners horizontally. Next, we install 1x6x6 boards vertically. We do not pre-space them because they naturally space while curing.

Q: Do you use screws or nails on your wood fences?
A: We use ring shank galvanized nails. For an additional charge, we will use screws.

Q: Will the top of the fence be even?
A: We install the fence with the lay of the ground. This means that the top of your fence will flow smoothly with the land.

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