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I'm repairing my asphalt driveway currently. I have lots of cracks that grow weeds through. I tried to get it sealed with liquid sealant, but within a couple of months it was clear that this didn't work, because many new weeds have grown through the sealant. I think the workers who did the sealing did a really poor job, and I regret hiring them. Since ...


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I don't believe rock salt is actually harmful to unsealed asphalt (assuming that's what the driveway is made of). I used it for several years on the unsealed asphalt driveway at my old house and never had problems. It doesn't look pretty, and while it's in use the driveway will of course have white splotches all over it, but those will wash off in the ...


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Another layer of blacktop asphalt, usually a finer "grit", will fill the low spots and get you through another year -- but it sounds like your driveway is under-engineered for the weight you're regularly driving/parking on it. So, you've got a few choices: Another layer of blacktop every year or two, and probably mopping tar on it every summer. Tear it ...


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As i get older and less ambitious to tackle tough jobs like your facing by hand, I take a little trip to my friendly "Rent Me" store for my favorite little Kabota backhoe/loader. Half day rates here are about $65 and I can do more in 2 or 3 hours with a good tractor than 2 men can do in a day by hand, and my back feels great afterwards! lol The other nice ...


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Depending on the size of the cracks an asphalt sealant should close things up and protect the driveway. If the cracks are large you might have to get some asphalt patch and then seal it. your local home improvement store should have asphalt sealant and may have asphalt patch available. Asphalt sealant is pretty messy stuff though, best to wear throw away ...


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Your problem is the ground under asphalt is not strong enough to sustain load. If you put a new layer of asphalt over the existing driveway it will get the same rut very quickly. Asphalt is highly flexible and once the ground under asphalt sags asphalt sags too. The real solution would be to tear the driveway up and put proper ballast. If there's any ...


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3/4 minus (21AA in US Midwest) is perfect for this application. Hope you have some college kids around, that's nearly 2 cubic yards! I would overdig another 6" to be able to place an edging to retain the gravel and make a clean edge. Place the gravel in 2" "lifts" (lay down 2") and then compact with a plate vibrator. Repeat twice. Enjoy! 6" compacted ...


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If you want to do a proper job then digging the asphalt up is the right way to go. If you can see that there's a stone and sand mix underneath then it can't be that thick. You'll need a pick-axe or a long crowbar. Start at the edges or where there's already a hole. Work the end of the pick-axe or crowbar under the pad and then just lift. The further you ...


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You have divots in a concrete driveway. I'd saw around the divot area, break it all out, and pour concrete, rather than anything to do with asphalt. Drill some holes in the edges and insert steel to tie the patch to the slab. If following the "quick fix" fill-on-top approach, possibly thinset (tile cement) but trying to do anything with concrete in the ...


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A photo would help identify other ways of fixing the problem and identify what kind of sealer was used. But in general as it has been applied to thick the only way to fix it is sand it down (or chisel it away if possible) until it is nice and smooth. If any deep scratches happen during the removal process you should fill it with something that will bond to ...


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They look normal to me, however, you may want to seal them. There are various sealing products out there like Latex-ite 4-Gallon Acrylic Plus Driveway Revitalizer Filler/Sealer from The Home Depot or Driveaseal 4.75 Gallon Blacktop Driveway Sealer, BLACK JACK 4.75 Gallon Drive-Maxx 700 Advanced Gel Blacktop Driveway Filler & Sealer, and BLACK JACK ...


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First of all, what you describe sounds like job done improperly. Perhaps you can even use the contractor warranty and have it fixed for free. Asphalt pieces put from different loads will usually have perfect adhesion to each other - the previously put asphalt is still very clean when the newer asphalt is put, so new one will attach to it perfectly as if it ...


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A sunny day in the 70's-80's range is ideal for sealcoating. It is warm enough to ensure proper drying and cool enough to prevent the sealcoat from drying too fast to correct a mistake. One of the key things to remember when sealcoating is CLEANLINESS MATTERS! By far the most simple way to do this is to have one person with a leaf blower and another with ...


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BMitch is right on his comment. This probably wasn't "dirt" but was some oil, rust, other chemicals... When you paint over them you dry them out and the result is a chemical reaction with the paint/stain because you are drying the material out - it cannot access air - and it will try to escape through the stains you see. I know this because I paint my ...


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Although you may have a feeling that the contractors proposing to do the full scraping are trying to drum up unnecessary work for extra pay, consider that they know that you're considering other bids. Anyone proposing more expensive work runs the risk of pricing it too high and not getting any work at all. You also have to worry about low bidders: those ...


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Whether to plane the surface or not before an overlay is a complete judgment call. You are comparing the general condition of the current road in combination with it's current thickness. An overlay needs to bridge underlying imperfections and absorb differential movement. The more massive the underlying tarmac, the more likely it is to overwhelm the ...


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I've had good success with a Texas Crowbar, A chisle-tipped 25 pound spear-like shaft about 5' long. You just lift it about a foot and drop it, or thrust it into the blacktop. On a warm day, it works like a hot knife through butter. Once the asphault has been broken into chunks, use a shovel and wheel barrow to remove the debris ** Asphalt can be recycled, ...



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