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Why is newly applied asphalt not smooth?

I finally decided to hire professionals to fix my driveway rather than trying to excavate it myself. This is a newly repaved piece of the driveway: I would expect it to be smooth and even, am I ...
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Can I warm up “cold patch” in a microwave?

I found two asphalt patching products online that are designed to be heated in the microwave. Both are out of stock. Can I heat up ordinary "cold patch" or "trowel patch" in the microwave?
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Substance to help cold patch adhere better?

I moved into a house recently that has an unmaintained driveway. It looks like it hasn't been sealcoated in 20 years. I plan to use "cold patch" to fill one small pothole (4 inch diameter) and fill ...
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Do I need to seal coat part of my new asphalt?

I just had my driveway asphalt coated. In general it looks pretty good, but there are 2 areas (about 10 sq ft each) where the (due to the location) the asphalt was laid by hand and not rolled on by a ...
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Macadam driveway losing rocks

My 3 year macadam driveway is losing rocks in spots (forming little potholes, little because they are the shallow depth of lost single layer of gravel, see picture). The problem is that other rocks ...
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Can driveway fabric (petro-mat) be used DIY?

I read that driveway fabric can help prevent new cracking when putting an asphalt overlay on top of an existing asphalt driveway networked with little cracks ("alligator"). Can this be done DIY? If ...
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Best procedure to renew a driveway

My asphalt driveway has a lot of narrow cracks, and it has some shallow depressions where puddles form. I've watched some youtube videos. All agree that before starting, oil spills should be cleaned ...
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Can I change the gradient/slope of asphalt walkway with cold patch?

I have a asphalt walk way that runs right next to my house and collects water. I have a outside sump pump near by, but there is a low spot on the asphalt next to the house that will always take water ...
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Repair asphalt driveway damaged by transmission fluid leak

I am looking to repair a driveway damaged by transmission fluid (ATF) in the photo below. As you can see the driveway has pitted and cracked where the fluid was standing. Once winter comes I expect ...
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How to remove asphalt used to repair concrete

When the previous homeowners replaced the asphalt driveway, they had them fill in the missing concrete from the front edge of the garage (ranges from 1/2 inch to 3 inches into the garage. I want to ...
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Asphalt grading/drainage around house perimeter

The house is surrounded on 3 sides by asphalt right up against the foundation which appears to have been improperly graded, with the grading sloped slightly toward the house on about half the ...
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Large Cracks & Depressions in Asphalt Driveway?

We have a driveway (Pictures below) that hasn't been maintained for a while and has developed large cracks and several depressions in the surface layer. I'm aware of DIY videos (Similar to https://...
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Can I stabilize the tire tracks of a gravel driveway with hot tar?

I have a gravel road with a number of hills but one is long and steep. Generally this guy is close to un-drivable within 6 months. I do not have the money to asphalt this hill, nor can I fix this ...
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Grading over asphalt and concrete walkway

My house is in a small city lot, it's a 1924 Craftsman with a concrete block foundation. On the north side of our house, between the wall and a fence line, the previous owner had asphalt over the ...
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Concrete cure time before laying hot asphalt beside?

Let's say I pour concrete sidewalks (6" thick, 4' x 8'), how many days should I wait to have hot asphalt laid right beside it (it would butt to the short side - 4') ? Was thinking of pouring the ...
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Can I use sealer over recycled asphalt to retain it?

I have a section of recycled asphalt chips to the left of my concrete driveway, which we use parking a second car. The asphalt rocks leave a mess in the yard and in the driveway. Could I use asphalt ...
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Asphalt patching

I want to build a fence on one edge of a parking place beside my house, which is paved with asphalt. The parking place is sloped and uneven on its edge where the fence is to be installed. I'm thinking ...
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How to fix a part of a washed out asphalt driveway?

This is what a washed out part looks like: and (same spot, from the front): from looking at fixing potholes online, it seems like filling it with a paver base and topping it with a couple inches of ...
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Can this asphalt driveway be repaired?

We had an asphalt driveway put down around 5-6 months ago. The second half of the driveway the mix went dry and left a bad finish. We pointed out the worst parts, the contractors came back and put two ...
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Repair A Blacktop Asphalt Driveway or hire a pro?

I have an asphalt driveway. I have: two 1/8" deep indents (from car tires) separation from the garage floor a big spider crack in the center dull/worn look How do I DIY repair? ...
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can asphalt and concrete be laid side by side on roadways? [closed]

Can concrete and asphalt be laid side by side on roadways? If no why? what would be the problems faced?
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tar joint between garage wall and asphalt

There's a kind of a gap between the asphalt and the garage which causes moisture to accumulate there. I'd like to seal that gap by making a tar joint: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.sealant-...
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How to fix asphalt cracked in large chunks?

I have a small asphalt ramp from the garage sloping towards the alley. It seems that either the salt or the city snow plowers cracked the corner and shattered a section of it. I tried to piece it ...
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Putting together a shed on a slight slope

I'm hoping to put together a shed that's on a slight slope. It will sit on top of asphalt. What should I use to make sure the floor is level? Some 2x4's? Should I bolt the 2x4's to the asphalt before ...
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Concrete over Asphalt? Would you do it?

Typically the gut reaction seems to be, No way! Rip out the asphalt and start from scratch! But I have seen some reports from people who seem to know the process well that having an asphalt base ...
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asphalt shingles ridge nail placement

Where are the nails suppose to go on the asphalt shingles on the ridge of the roof? Below/On/Above the tar line? What have you personally see people do? So I take my 3 tab asphalt shingle and cut ...
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Drop height from Exterior door to driveway

We're having our gravel driveway regraded. As of right now (it's fall) the basement floor of our side door/garage door is level with our gravel driveway. During the winter, the driveway heaves and ...
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cutting asphalt drive

I am cutting out deteriorated sections of my existing asphalt drive so that I can install new asphalt. Can I use an angle grinder to cut the asphalt? What type blade should I use on the angle ...
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Should I sealcoat new (few months) asphalt before winter?

I've had a brand new asphalt put in earlier this year beginning of May (temperature hovering ~50s, +/-5 degrees change between day and night). The same contractor is recommending to seal coat it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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cutting 20 feet asphalt driveway

I should cut a stright line on my 20-feet asphalt driveway, and am wondering what would be a easy way of doing it. I was told that a worm drive circular saw could do that with a diamond blade. I don't ...
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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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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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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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Removing Sand from blacktop

Recently my son's friends played a prank on our house. Specifically they dumped bags of sand on our basketball court in the backyard so that they could pretend to have a beach party. I am not sure how ...
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Can I fill sagging spots in my driveway with asphalt and hot tar?

We've had these sagging spots for about 10 years now. They're not getting any worse. Sure, we might get a new driveway in 10 years, but other than this, our driveway is in beautiful condition! They ...
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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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How do I know if an asphalt surface needs planing or not?

Outside my house and my neighbours houses (UK) is a stretch of about 35m x 7m of private road. I'm talking to various companies about them resurfacing the road. They are split into two groups: Some ...
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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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Can a poor application of driveway sealer be corrected?

Our contractor put one very thick coat of sealer down instead of applying it in multiple thin coats. It looks like patchwork and very unsightly. Is there any way to correct this?
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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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Does flaw in asphalt driveway need to be repaired; and if so, how?

I put in a new asphalt driveway a couple of years ago. There is a visible "joint" where they stopped laying asphalt while waiting for a second load to arrive. At this joint a chunk of asphalt has ...
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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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Removing blacktop/asphalt pad

I have what used to be a basketball court in my backyard. Its roughly 20x20 feet. I've already removed and sold the basketball hoop. On the end where the hoop was theres concrete piling sunk below the ...