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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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What is the best way to tidy outdoor items around block paving?

There are 3 aspects (circled in red) that I would like to tidy around some bricks and block paving. 2 cables coming out of brickwork into the block paving on both ends, and cuts around a drain. Are ...
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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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How can a steep driveway be kept safe in snowy climates?

I looked at a house today and one of its drawbacks was that it had a very long, steep driveway. In New England we get thick snow, sleet and ice and with a steep driveway I am concerned the car might ...
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Sifting driveway stone.

Is there a cost effective way of sifting stone in a driveway? I have a 2,500 sq ft section of parking area next to my driveway. It is composed of 3 ft of sand covered with about 6 inches of crushed ...
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Sugar sand driveway

I live in Central Fl and we have a sugar sand driveway and when its dry like it is now our driveway turns into a never ending sand pit and getting in and out is difficult what would be the best type ...
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate? [closed]

Bellow is an arial photo and a road-side photo of my new house. As you can see the driveway is an awkward curve especially when backing out of the car port to the side of the garage - you have to do ...
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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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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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Determining minimum dimensions for circular driveway

What should be the minimum dimensions for a circular driveway on a 100' wide property, including the radius? The property is flat, and the house will be wherever we want to place it relative to the ...
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How should I seal a 2 inch gap between my driveway and garage slab?

First time posting. I was caulking the 2in wide x 16ft long gap between my driveway and garage yesterday and I screwed it up. I cleared most debris out then put play sand as a base. Then I put foam ...
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Is a stack of steel plate as strong as a single plate of the sum thickness?

I'd like to put a 4'x8' steel plate across my driveway gutter, so cars don't bottom out in the dip. I've seen 1/2" plates used for this, but at 650+ lbs. (https://www.chapelsteel.com/weight-steel-...
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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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Road base for curb ramp

I've got a curb ramp at bottom of my driveway that I want to fill so I can drive up it without slowing. The usual fixes are to fill the dip with concrete, asphalt, lumber, a rubber ramp, metal ramp, ...
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Repair driveway expansion joint sealant during winter?

We moved into a new construction home this part March. At our first warranty walkthrough, our builder told us that because we were a north facing home, we would have to seal our expansion joint where ...
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How to make cold lay asphalt less porous?

Yesterday I finished off a job replacing a gully to add channel drainage on the driveway. The area we dug up (around 2m²) was topped off with 5cm (2") of cold lay asphalt laid in 2x 2.5cm (1") stages. ...
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I have erosion issues wirth gravel road

I have major erosion issues with millings road. My property is sloped . Needed advice for installing either channel drains with existing road or go with blacktop.
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Stop Gravel from Washing Away

My problem is that we have a long area of gravel used for parking for myself and several neighbors. When it rains really hard, the gravel alongside the road washes away and becomes a real danger for ...
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How should I restore the level of sinking paver bricks in my driveway?

My driveway is over thirty years old but hasn't had any maintenance work, so while it is mostly fine there are some issues. The one that concerns me most is the sinking of some of the bricks around ...
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secure river stones in our driveway

This is one of those "it looked good on paper, but not in practice" stories... We have river stones in between concrete pads leading to our garage. They're pretty, but the stones migrate for a few ...
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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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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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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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Hairline crack in concrete driveway

Should I do anything about this? The crack is about 1/16 inch and four or five feet long and first appeared mid-winter. The driveway was poured just over a year before the crack appeared. I've heard ...
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Do I have enough driveway turn radius?

I want to create a new garage where my carport is, but if I build a new garage structure, I have to move it over 4' and won't have enough turn radius, right?
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Dirt Driveway Repairs

I have a long dirt driveway that is riddled with potholes. I can’t afford to have the repair done for me or even to rent a bobcat. My thought is to have a load of driveway mix/stonecrete delivered ...
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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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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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Side edging for hexagonal stone pavers? Concrete ok?

I have an idea for a walkway or driveway that would be surface with thick hexagonal pavers. One of the challenges of this design is that the edge of the paving will be irregular, since each tile is ...
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rainwater entering doorway below driveway

I have converted garage with door way about 4 inches below the driveway. Previous owner left this issue for me. My questions is i want to cut into concrete to create drainage system, french drain ...
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How can I thaw a frozen exterior drain quickly?

I have a driveway that is angled down slightly towards my house. About two feet before the garage there are two long drains that cover most of the drive way. Right now one is 100% frozen and the other ...
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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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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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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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How do I add grip to concrete sealer after it is already applied?

Last fall, we had H&C Colortop Solvent Based Concreat Sealer 250 applied to a textured concrete driveway and walkway. It look amazingly better and have gotten many complements from the neighbors, ...
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How much material would it take to cement a 1 mile driveway

How much material would it take to cement a 1 mile driveway I would like to know, in pounds, how much material it would take to cement a driveway, exactly 1 mile in length, how many pounds of sand, ...
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What are my options to level a concrete driveway?

I have quite an old house that was built in the 40s. During the heavy rain and winter seasons, I typically get large puddles of water in-front of my garage that seeps slowly through the weather strip. ...
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Is chert a suitable base for a concrete driveway?

I'm looking to extend my driveway to add additional parking spaces. The area will be rougtly 20'x30'. I've contacted a few contractors to get prices on material and labor. Prior to calling ...
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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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Driveway eroding

I have a gully 2-3 ft wide and about 2ft deep running down the side of my drivewsy down near the bottom of a hill. Someone told me to put some bags of unopened cement in these gullies . Will this work?...
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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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Properly fill small sinkhole near meter vault

I've got a very small sinkhole that has developed between my driveway and my water meter vault/box. The hole is about 20 inches deep and has actually eroded the soil deep enough that it goes ...
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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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Harden my dirt parking spots

I just bought a house in the mountains and have 3 parking spots "off road" style. There are many pine trees so lots of loose dirt , rocks and dry pine needles. I'm afraid that when it snows and rains, ...
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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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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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concrete: remove chalk line stain and clean concrete residue

I hired a cut rate concrete contractor to redo my driveway because all the bigger firms were too busy. He did a decent job, but he did a couple things that I now need to fix since the chances of ...
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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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How can I enclose and cover a well in a driveway?

I have a well that is currently enclosed in a large, unsightly manner with a 1/2" steel sheet. I am having the driveway redone and I want to redo this so it is just a round hole with a cover. How can ...
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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 ...