Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Project by Travel Man # 1 - Cementing the Pavement

This is my Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project this June of 2011: Cementing the Pavement. It is a long overdue task that was hindered by occasional rain showers and unpredictable storms.

I'm self-employed alright. so, whatever the outcome of this project will be my success or failure. Someone is watching me closely while I was doing this. My mother!!!

Well, actually, she's the one who got the logistics and financed me for my raw materials. The main purpose is to ease our burden with our deaf-mute sister who always goes in and out around the house with her slippers intact on her feet! she'll only remove it when she feel like sleeping at night.

So, this hubber, while multi-tasking on the internet will be flexing his muscles to do masonry job.

The order came night after the payment from my father cousin's gravel and sand's store, two villages away from us. Hollering outside before 6 o'clock in the early morning, I had to assist for the carrying of bags of cement then the sand. I don't woory about gravel, because I already prepared it months before this action transpired.

The pavement to be cemented by Travel Man (June 4, 2011)
The pavement to be cemented by Travel Man (June 4, 2011)
Pozzolan cement by Travel Man (June 4, 2011)
Pozzolan cement by Travel Man (June 4, 2011)
Albay sand by Travel Man (June 4, 2011)
Albay sand by Travel Man (June 4, 2011)

Materials revealed

The businessmen home delivered the following:

  • Albay sand - dark colored sand that came from the province of Albay
  • cement - Pozzolan cement (the usual name for this kind of cement)

I already have the following:

  1. pavement form - out of coconut lumber
  2. shovel - for mixing the sand and cement
  3. cement palette - for flatting the mixture of the mortar (cement, sand and water)
  4. flat shovel (for flatting hollow portions for the project)
  5. gloves - for my hands

Our wheelbarrow, used for carrying sand is already destroyed (courtesy of so much borrowing from our neighbors- Filipino way of camaraderie or pakikisama) so, I just have to use an empty sack to carry the sand on the mixing spot.

The ratio or proportion that I used for mixing sand, cement and water: 1:1:4. For every one part of sand and cement, 4 parts of water will be poured in to the mixture.

The tedious part of mixing made my back ached. I started it, therefore, I must finish it.

I don't need any help or assistant, because I wanted to prove my mother wrong. After all, my high school days were spent mastering some trade specialization, like, building construction, metal works, woodworking, automotive and electrical works.

I had to put those theories, especially building construction, into this actual thing.

What happened? You be the judge. Pictures didn't lie; but, it may hide some (LOL!).

Safety Precautions:

Both sand and cement can be hazardous to our health, so a mask covering your nose and mouth should be used when handling or mixing it.

Many blue collar workers end up on hospital beds because of neglecting available safety gadgets that they should use when doing construction works.

And the bottom line, lung diseases are the results of their personal neglect of not observing safety when doing such job.



Cementing Process

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Prepare the form for the pavement by Travel Man (June 4, 2011)Mixing sand and cement first by Travel Man (june 4, 2011)Poured the water on it by Travel Man (June 4, 2011)Mixing it thoroughly until the mortar is ready for pavement distribution (Travel Man-June 4, 2011)The mixture on the pavement  by  Travel Man(June 4, 2011)Little by little, the pavement is being cemented (Travel Man-June 4, 2011)
Prepare the form for the pavement by Travel Man (June 4, 2011)
Prepare the form for the pavement by Travel Man (June 4, 2011)
Mixing sand and cement first by Travel Man (june 4, 2011)
Mixing sand and cement first by Travel Man (june 4, 2011)
Poured the water on it by Travel Man (June 4, 2011)
Poured the water on it by Travel Man (June 4, 2011)
Mixing it thoroughly until the mortar is ready for pavement distribution (Travel Man-June 4, 2011)
Mixing it thoroughly until the mortar is ready for pavement distribution (Travel Man-June 4, 2011)
The mixture on the pavement  by  Travel Man(June 4, 2011)
The mixture on the pavement by Travel Man(June 4, 2011)
Little by little, the pavement is being cemented (Travel Man-June 4, 2011)
Little by little, the pavement is being cemented (Travel Man-June 4, 2011)

Process of Cementing the Pavement

What I did was:

  1. Put the desired form by using the coconut lumber. Here, I measured a meter for the pavement.
  2. I mixed first the sand and cement (1:1) then poured water (4 parts) on it afterwards. Let me reiterate that for every 45 kilos of sand, I used 4.5 kilos of cement for the plastering process.
  3. I mixed it thoroughly until all the mixture were evenly distributed.
  4. Little by little, I accomplished the task in due time, I mean for a day.

For the drying period, it would take for the mixture to really harden, for about 4 days or a week. I just have to guard it from stray chicken and my dog. My deaf-mute sister couldn't be much happier. I signed her not to walk on it first, then she nodded.

After taking a snacks and resting an hour or so, it's time to take a bath!

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Great hub with some great advice.....our driveway was horrible...and we got an estimate....and they wanted almost 10,000 dollars to fix the driveway....we went to the hardware store bought some cement and experimented with a small section of the driveway....when it turned pretty good we decided to fix it ourselves.....500 in supplies...for savings of 9500 to do in ourselves....voted up and useful


mib56789 5 years ago

I'm not hiring you unless your mother provides her reference and recommendation in writing. (Smile!)


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Cogerson: Glad you made it yourself. Hiring handyman or paying for a masonry or construction project will add to the burden. So, I braved to do it myself, after all, I'll be the one who'll appreciate the output of my work (LOL!!!).

And my mother just gave me a smirk. Well, she approved of my work (LOL!).


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@mib56789: Thanks (smiles). She's a feisty one when it comes to that word 'recommendation'. I don't to hear her comments on me, unless, you'll fetch me to your home and do the work (smiles)!


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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

One has to have special skills in order to minimize expenses. If you can do it, then it's up to you to realize it!

Thanks for sharing!!!


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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

Quite an engaging job. Well done, travel man! Looking forward on your next DIY project!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@thesailor: It's time to learn a thing or two regarding practical works at home. You don't have to hire help if you'll educate yourself on how to do a DIY project, like this.

It's kinda dirty and messy at times, but it's worth it.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Arian Rey: Thanks for that praise. You must see the finished work, LOL! Anyways, my deaf-mute sister is so happy that she frequently walks on it without so much dirt outside.

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