How To Build A Heated Driveway

(Camden, NJ) Doug tests Admiral Halsey’s chair on USS New Jersey. Those are 16 inch guns over his right shoulder. Each of the nine 16 inch guns on board required a projectile and three large silken bags of high explosive. At 27 bags per salvo it is still considered classified as to what the design firing rate was. Covites helped assemble the silken bags on Iona Island during WWII.

We are being deluged by monitoring services selling their wares. They believe all they need to do is press a couple dozen keys and my chopper will deliver a driveway. The Roman Driveway design is not compatible with this delivery system. It just won’t work because no hose joints are allowed within the slab.

So, how do you start a heated driveway company from scratch?

One must acknowledge that few people have done it. The actual construction involves plumbers, electricians and concrete home improvement contractors. It takes too many local licenses, across a wide variety of jurisdictions for one person, regardless of age, to accomplish. The one thing the competition does not have is a Professional Engineer to certify the plans. Actually, I haven’t heard of any; I do know of a couple one-call construction companies in the Mid-Atlantic States.

Building a heated driveway requires a building permit.

For the first reason it’s going to be over ten grand, that’s the starting point with the International Building Code (which has been largely adapted by NY and NJ). Besides that you have to demonstrate prior knowledge of your intended electrician and plumber. Your plans need to be stamped by a PE. My 40+ years of construction experience is that, in general, union workers are best trained for this work. Unless one is willing to hire and train people how to perform like 20 year veterans, that fact must be acknowledged. My company, by choice, will not be a bricks and mortar affair. I feel that the construction trade unions are true Capitalists. They show up every day with nothing but their personal skills. While they can be laid off on very short notice, one thing is certain; they have health benefits. I am at the point where I don’t want anyone working for me without health benefits.

How does it impact you, the Client?

For the first reason it’s going to be over ten grand, that’s the starting point with the International Building Code (which has been largely adapted by NY and NJ). Besides that you have to demonstrate prior knowledge of your intended electrician and plumber. Your plans need to be stamped by a PE. My 40+ years of construction experience is that, in general, union workers are best trained for this work. Unless one is willing to hire and train people how to perform like 20 year veterans, that fact must be acknowledged. My company, by choice, will not be a bricks and mortar affair. I feel that the construction trade unions are true Capitalists. They show up every day with nothing but their personal skills. While they can be laid off on very short notice, one thing is certain; they have health benefits. I am at the point where I don’t want anyone working for me without health benefits. For these reasons a PortaJohn will be assigned to each project.

Next Steps

I am willing to include a sidewalk with the driveway but not singularly. If you have no drawings I could hire a drone to photograph your outside site. It is important to plan in advance where the melt water will go without creating new problems. Inside drawing design would have to be done with bull labor.  To summarize, I am offering a Design/Build driveway. That is the method used by Governor Andrew Cuomo to build the Mario Cuomo Bridge. It works. These driveways are, above all, a construction management problem.

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