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Old 02-14-2010, 09:03 AM
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Need leveling ramp for driveway - ideas?

Hello All,

My driveway slopes sideways (i.e. passenger side of car is higher than driver's side), and as you can imagine I'm not real happy when I have to climb underneath it supported by jackstands (multiple and my hydraulic jack as a bonus) - it's not an extreme slope and is doable as-is, just scarier than I'd like (heck, jackstands are always a bit scary to begin with). My wife and I were talking this morning about "options" to level it. It is sloped because we live on a hill and the slope is to address drainage, etc. At first I was tossing around expensive options like re-pouring concrete, etc, but then I got to thinking about a low leveling platform of some kind that I could place underneath the car at jack points on the concrete surface, upon which the jackstands would be placed (level). I would anchor these to the concrete with a pin/lag bolt of some kind (only has to prevent the leveling platform from sliding) and remove them when not in use. They would have to be wide enough to cover enough area (or I'd need multiple bolt locations) to accommodate different cars, give me room for positioning, etc. Has anyone welded up anything similar or seen something commercially available?

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Have you looked into the option of having the slab hydraulically leveled?
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my driveway at my house was 3 inches lower than the pan ( entrance lip ) on the garage door and caused drainage problems , so I had it mud jacked , I watched them do it they drilled 12 holes ( about 1 inch dia ) thru the slab near the door and in the middle of the slab and then pumped a sand /water slurry thru them till the drive was even with the pan then pumped a motar mix in there to stabilize it then they capped the holes with epoxy the slab was 15 X 12 and now the drainage is better ( water flows away from garage ) and it only cost me $400 YMMV ( a bunch cheaper than breaking and repouring the slab apx $1200 ) and it takes 1 day and you can park on it that night . it hasn't moved in 3 years .
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my driveway at my house was 3 inches lower than the pan ( entrance lip ) on the garage door and caused drainage problems , so I had it mud jacked , I watched them do it they drilled 12 holes ( about 1 inch dia ) thru the slab near the door and in the middle of the slab and then pumped a sand /water slurry thru them till the drive was even with the pan then pumped a motar mix in there to stabilize it then they capped the holes with epoxy the slab was 15 X 12 and now the drainage is better ( water flows away from garage ) and it only cost me $400 YMMV ( a bunch cheaper than breaking and repouring the slab apx $1200 ) and it takes 1 day and you can park on it that night . it hasn't moved in 3 years .
Yup, hydraulically lifted.
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Never heard of it. Pretty slick.
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ramp pins

My brother-in-law built a long set of ramps that were 2 ft high, We drilled a few holes in the concrete to pin them down to keep them from sliding. I was in Calif in 89 when they had the big earthquake. We had 2 cars up on ramps. It shook one off, the force came from the Coast and the cars were pointed different directions. No one was workin on them. the quake was just after 5 PM. I have always had my Buddy under a car with me when on jack stands, either an old tree stump or a 14 inch 1/4 wall well pipe stood on end.
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Never heard of it. Pretty slick.
my neighbor said I looked like a little kid watching them do this , the machine they use is pretty neat kind of like a concrete pumper they use for highrises ,but on a smaller scale when they did the 4th hole you could actually watch the concrete rise .
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I never heard of it till I saw it on an Ask This old house a few months ago
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