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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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Channel water off very steep staymat/small stones driveway

We have a very steep driveway made of stay mat/small stones. Every time it rains, the driveway gets washed out. We have tried so many things to stop this. We have dug trenches going across the ...
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What type of bedding mortar/concrete for driveway entrance

I am currently updating to a new gravel driveway for our house, and all the kerb edgings are now in. I need to add 2 rows of small square edging stones at the drive entrance. As these will be ...
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What is this pipe coming up out of our driveway?

Bought a house last week, which -- Canadian winter -- had been mightily surrounded by snow, including in the driveway. Today, with the snow melting, I saw this in front of the garage door. It extends ...
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Stabilizing a gravel driveway with massive holes and steep inclination

I have inherited a 270 feet long driveway along a steep hill. It is part gravel/stone, and part concrete. It is in very bad condition. Every winter, rain threatens to wash away parts of it. Driving ...
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Should cement be placed under concrete slabs for driveways or is sand enough?

I am about to get my driveway full slabbed using normal concrete slabs like below (i will be using rectangle slabs as opposed to square). The builders that came to give me an estimate said it would ...
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DIY way to wash sand/clay out of driveway gravel?

I hate how the sand and fine dust blows around on our dairy farm's gravel driveway in the dry summer months. It's not reasonable to talk about blacktop due to the long driveway and the fact that 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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Driveway crack repair work failed over the winter, how can I make it last?

I live in the Northeast, and we have lots of hard winters. My driveway had many cracks with most under ¼ inch in width, but a few larger. So last summer, I cleaned those cracks with jets of water, let ...
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What is causing this stain on my driveway?

I just finished sealing my asphalt driveway yesterday morning. Temps have been in the mid 90's and humid, and there's been no rain. As of this question, it's been about 36 hours since I sealed the ...
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Concrete slabs and block paving - painting

I have concrete block paving and concrete slabs that I would like to paint to reuse, renovate, rejuvenate. Any suggestions whether painting would do the trick? The block paving is in the driveway ...
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Is this gravel stabilizing underlament an effective product?

Does anyone have any experience with a gravel stabilizing product? I'll say, somehow I've never seen this before, but it looks genius; especially if you could create a reasonable driveway out of this ...
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Best way to fill a pothole in asphalt

What is the best way to fill a pothole in asphalt? There are some huge potholes in an alley used by 5 homes that I would like to repair - meaning it gets a fair bit of traffic each day. Would gravel ...
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Multi-home Utillity Alley Potholes - fix it my self or is there someone to call?

Ive recently bought a house that has a service alley in the back leading to parking. Its a no outlet alley servicing about 4-6 houses (mostly rented) which is probably why it hasn't been properly ...
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What qualifying questions should you ask a paving company before hiring them?

I need to hire a paving company to redo my driveway, and I want to make sure I qualify the scope of work they'll be performing. I live in New England, so subject to freeze/thaw cycles. The driveway ...
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Removing basketball hoop from asphalt driveway

I've got an old basketball hoop pole sunk in my asphalt driveway, about an inch away from a concrete pad. I want to get it out, at least enough to cover over with an asphalt patch kit. I don't want to ...
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Do asphalt contractors throw away unused sealant at end of season?

Background I just had a guy knock on my door to pitch me a quote to reseal my driveway. I need to get it resealed, so I listed to his pitch. He said he wouldn't charge me for materials because he is ...
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Is Schedule 80 PVC Conduit Suitable for Short Directional Boring?

I'm running some electrical wire around where I'm building my house. There are two places that I'd rather not dig through: A driveway and a creek. The creek is the most important, because the state ...
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pouring concrete right next to asphalt driveway

I am planning to install trench drain in front of my garage. The driveway to the garage is asphalt (less than 2" thick), and the space between the trench drain and asphalt will be filled with concrete....
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Driveway conversion to dog play area

I have a concrete driveway in mediocre condition (square slabs that are of varying conditions--some small cracks) that is on the side of the house which is narrow enough that it is not very functional ...
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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 seal the cracks between my asphalt driveway and my garage concrete slab?

I am not sure if this is an aesthetic problem or not. I suspect that if I do not fix the damage properly the water will continue to infiltrate the cracks and it will create larger problems in the ...
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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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Clear densely-packed snow from driveway?

I'm experiencing my first real winter. Our house has an asphalt driveway about 100' long. I've been shoveling it when the snow gets too deep, but cars going in and out have left 2–3" of densely-packed ...
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How does a snowblower perform on exposed aggregate concrete?

I wish to replace my asphalt driveway with concrete. I am hoping to do something a little more visually interesting than just a slab, though. I like the look of exposed aggregate, but I am concerned ...
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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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What can I do about my new driveway that is higher than the garage floor?

I recently had a new asphalt driveway installed. Due to the slope of the driveway they stopped about 2 1/2 feet from garage. This has created a problem with the end of driveway being 5 1/2 inches ...
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Kerb concrete slab

I'm thinking of using some kerbing to retain a small mound of earth from falling onto a new concrete slab drive. But I'm not sure whether to add the kerb before or after laying the concrete slab. If ...
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6in vs 4.5in of concrete for driveway

We need to get our cracked concrete driveway replaced. The damage seems to be a result of tree roots, and the tree has has been removed. Many people who we've spoken to say the concrete should be ...
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What's the best option to repair a long asphalt driveway with heavily cracked portions?

I have a long-ish driveway (about 50 - 80 feet and 10 feet wide?)...it's about 10 years old, have heavy cracks in the beginning, middle, and end, but otherwise still serviceable. What are my options ...
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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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What kind of sealant to use by foundation?

I have a small gap between my patio cement and foundation wall. I'd like to seal it to prevent water from going straight down. What is the best type of sealer to use? Here is a picture of the area I'd ...
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Concrete driveway in New England?

I need a new driveway and I was wondering if my only option is asphalt? I'm in Connecticut - does anyone know if I can have concrete driveway?
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How do I prevent water from streaming into my driveway?

Here's pictures of what's happening - taken yesterday (June 1st 2015). I'm struggling with water drainage problems on this old gravel driveway. When it rains - all the water streams from ...
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I just had my driveway sealed, and the fumes are making my house uninhabitable. What can I do?

I've seen claims about buckets of water, vinegar, and cut onions helping with freshly painted rooms. But that's all. Is there anything I can do to make these fumes go away? Or am I doomed to stay with ...
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how can I check to see if a 4" slab of concrete was actually poured?

I had a driveway poured three years ago. After a crack in the walkway appeared and two more developed in the driveway itself, my husband began to get suspicious that I wasn't given a 4" slab. If we ...
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concrete drive heaves where it meets garage floor

This past winter, my concrete driveway heaved 1.5" above where it meets the garage floor. It is three years old. Also, we dug along the sides of the drive to try to guage if a 4" slab was actually ...
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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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Reverse sloped driveway questions

I am looking at a house with a reverse sloped driveway. Are there always going to be a lot of maintenance issues with keeping drains cleared, making sure that the drain is not frozen in the winter to ...
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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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Should I use self leveling concrete to repair settlement cracked concrete slabs?

I have a concrete slab in the breezeway of my house that has several settlement cracks in it. Can I use self-leveling concrete to repair this?
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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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Driveway sinking

I have a paved driveway that seems to need repair or replacing. There are some cracks throughout, but near the bottom there are spider cracks. I noticed the other day after some rain that it felt ...
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Need advice to prevent runoff water from going into neighbor's yard

I'm looking for some advice on what I can do to prevent runoff water from going into my neighbor's yard. I am an auto detailer so I am constantly washing cars in my driveway. The neighbor also parks ...
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streamlined snow shoveling

In my snow removal history, I've used a total of 2 different methods. The first and current method, involves using a normal cheap snow shovel which isn't very effective, strains your back, but makes ...
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What is the name of extremely porous concrete for water runoff solutions?

I have seen extremely porous concrete that water drains through very well. Narrow strips of this may be put across a driveway to limit excess water runoff. What is the name of extremely porous ...
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How to repair holes in concrete driveway?

I have a concrete driveway that is chipping. Is there any good options to fill these chipped areas?
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What “gravel” is composed of 50% clay, 25% sand and 25% small stones?

As a supplement to this question. I ordered gravel to gravel my driveway. My wife accepted the delivery. When I got home what they had dropped was over 50% clay and equal parts sand and small stones. ...
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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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Does driveway sealer have a curing time?

Should it be done at a time of year when temperatures will stay warm for a period of months, or is all well after 2-3 days?