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What size gravel works best for a driveway?

What is the best type of gravel for a driveway. Is it the larger sized so it does not get stuck in tires, if so what is that called.
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Is creating a concrete driveway a diy?

The entry of the driveway is just a rock bed with no concrete. I want to replace it, it doesn't have to be replaced with concrete so I'm open to suggestions there. If it is a diy, what are the high ...
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How do I repair a concrete driveway that has been damaged by salt?

When we moved into our house the driveway was pitted due to salt use. We would like to repair this, but we are looking to know what the best method would be. Can a new layer of concrete be added over ...
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How do I widen an existing asphalt driveway with crushed gravel?

I've got an existing asphalt driveway that's around 20 feet long. It's in fair shape. I want to widen it by about 5 feet. The ground is level, I'm in the soggy Willamette Valley, Oregon so frost ...
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What can I do about this gap between my driveway and the street?

I have a low car and the ditch between my driveway and the street is pretty big. I usually enter my car in reverse at a very steep angle as to not have it scrape the lower front. My neighbors park ...
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How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?

I have a problem with water pooling in front of my house. Between my Sprinklers and the rain there is always a puddle where my lawn meets the street. What do you think is the best way to stop this ...
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How do I patch these sections of concrete driveway meeting the house?

Where my driveway meets my house there were two sections of loose concrete that were deteriorating and making a mess. I removed the loose concrete and discovered that those sections were placed on ...
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How do I get rust stains off my driveway?

I used fertilizer with iron and, unfortunately, didn't sweep adequately afterwards. Afterwards I ran my sprinklers and now my driveway and sidewalk are peppered with unsightly rust stains. What are ...
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How do I improve the drainage of this grass driveway?

I've got a long grass side-yard which doubles as a driveway for both my residence and the ally behind my house. After a few heavy rainstorms here in Southeastern North Carolina (read: business as ...
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How can I best create a motorcycle tie-down point on or through my cedar fence?

I have this style of fence abutting my driveway (but this is not my fence): Currently, I don't have a good way to attach my motorcycle's inch-thick cable lock to it (or to anything), other than to ...
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Should a new asphalt driveway have rough sections where stones are showing?

My wife and I recently purchased a newly built home. Our 6 week old asphalt driveway has numerous sections that are very rough, with lots of stones in the aggregate showing (the consistency in places ...
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How do I tell if a contractor built my driveway to specification?

I am getting ready to close on a house that was just built, and I have noticed several places where the contractor did not appear to meet the specifications set forth in the contract. We have a gravel ...
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Driveway expansion joints are rotting wood: What to replace the wood?

My driveway was poured in sections with lengths of 2x4 which remained between the slabs as expansion joints. Due to heaving and moisture many of these are in poor shape. I replaced one once by ...
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Best Conditions for Sealing Asphalt Driveway

What are the best conditions for sealing an asphalt driveway? What time of year, and under what kind of weather would be best?
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Should a second layer of asphalt be placed over an older layer of asphalt?

I have an asphalt driveway. It has its fair share of cracks, etc. However, most troublesome is that "ruts" have formed from the weight of cars driving on it. This means there is a high spot in the ...
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How long does sealing a driveway take?

I've found a number of videos and how-to guides online, but they're all lacking an answer to this basic question: how much time should I budget to do it? The repair work (filling cracks and holes) I'...
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Filling in gaps between pavers with a caulk-like material?

I was walking home the other day and came across a group of workers installing pavers for a driveway. The thing that caught my attention was one guy who was filling in the gaps (about 3/8 to 1/2 inch)...
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Heat causing concrete to heave

I mostly hear about this happening for roads on very hot days, but I'm wondering what about the heat causes the concrete to heave? Is there any concerns for foundations/garage floors/drive way heaving ...
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Driveway Gutter / Rain Guide?

Our house was built a little over 20 years ago. The person who paved the asphalt driveway didn't grade it right, so in addition to the slight downward slope towards the road, it has alternating ...
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How do I safely clean my paver stone driveway?

I sprayed moss killer to prevent moss from growing between the cracks of my paver stone driveway. I tested a small area first to make sure it wouldn't stain the paver stones. It looked fine after ...
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Best way to tear up half a concrete parking pad?

I have a concrete parking pad in my back yard (butts up to an alley) that is substantially larger than I need, and I'd like to reclaim some of that space for my yard. To that end I'd like to tear up ...
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What de-icing products can be used on a patterned concrete walkway / driveway? (Salt causes problems.)

I came across the following question here: Is there a safe way to de-ice an unsealed driveway? The accepted answer mentions rock salt being fine for such a driveway (asphalt), and the other answer ...
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Is there a safe way to de-ice an unsealed driveway?

My girlfriend had a new driveway put in this fall, but the weather turned bad before she could get it sealed. I guess now it's too late... The driveway is incredibly slippery and has lots of ice at ...
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How do I remove an oil stain from my concrete driveway?

Anyone have tips for removing oil stains from a concrete unpaved driveway? The spill was from a leaking car, now fixed, and they are a few months old. There are so many products and spurious reviews ...
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What is “3 inch minus”?

My heavy equipment guy said we should put "3 inch minus" down on a new driveway. What is it, and is it a good choice?
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How do I reduce height of the curb on my driveway?

I have a concrete driveway (normal 2 car poured driveway) which is cut vertically (90 degrees) about 2.5 inches above the street. My father-in-law lives with us and has a powered wheelchair. The ...
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How can I remove oil/ATF from a newly paved driveway?

I had my asphalt driveway repaved this spring, and of course my car has started leaking - ATF in this case. How can I remove it?
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Can I use mulch as a driveway covering?

I'm about to put a driveway down. Is it possible to cover the driveway with mulch instead of gravel? Context: In the woods. I want to keep the woodsy feel. Long, mild winters. January average ...
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What is the best way to remove spray paint from a blacktop driveway?

I have an area on my blacktop driveway that some kids thought needed some spray paint, what is the best way to remove it without damaging the blacktop?
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How can I get rid of the weeds and moss growing between the paver stones in my driveway?

I used the extra strength roundup to kill the weeds. Now I have brown weeds that are still rooted in the soil between the paver stones in my driveway. I've been scraping the weeds and moss out with ...
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How can I repair a pothole on the edge of an asphalt driveway?

I have a large pothole in my asphalt driveway that extends to the edge. I'm considering repairing it with cold patch blacktop, but I'm uncertain of how to deal with the edge. Do I need to add a 2x4 ...
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What's a good way to anchor the central bolts of a pair of gates?

So I've a pair of new handsome wrought-iron gates for the bottom of my (tarmac) drive. The gates each have a long thin "bolt" that is intended to go into a hole in the drive itself. My initial ...
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What are my options for asphalt driveway repair and/or sealing?

I live in New England and my asphalt driveway is showing a lot of cracks. There's also a little divot in one flat spot that collects water. What are my options for getting the driveway back to ...