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Asphalt or concrete, which job first?

I would have the driveway and sidewalk both removed at the same time so you're not removing one next to a finished product. Then have the sidewalk installed. After the forms are removed and the ...
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Asphalt or concrete, which job first?

I have to post this as an answer because I know I won't have enough space for a comment. Last year I managed a pretty large driveway/replacement project for my mother's house. I was a large (and I ...
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How far should shingles hang over the drip edge of the roof?

It may depend on the specific brand and version of the shingles used. Here is an advisory from GAF a major manufacturer: GAF Shingle Advisory In it they say: Shingles should not extend more than 3/4”...
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What might I do about the 1/4 to 3/4" gaps at the edges of my blacktop driveway?

Personally, I wouldn't do anything. Whatever you do will look like a patch job, and it won't stop the rest from deteriorating. Not worth the effort. If you're determined to do something, consider ...
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How to repair street end of driveway that has loose asphalt?

Asphalt is only as good as the base it's laid on. The fact that you appear to have vegetation growing out of the cracks implies that the base may be a bit iffy right there. There's no particular ...
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What might I do about the 1/4 to 3/4" gaps at the edges of my blacktop driveway?

They may have done poor preparation and installation work, but the gaps here look like a result of the brick moving rather than any kind of failure or movement in the asphalt. There exist crack seal ...
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Why is newly applied asphalt not smooth?

That is terrible and totally unacceptable. There are several issues: 1) insufficient asphalt to bind the aggregates, 2) no compaction, 3) improper aggregate mix, 1) Asphalt (liquid) should be a ...
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How to repair street end of driveway that has loose asphalt?

All pavement has edges, and you can't really protect them other than preventing standing water and significant ice buildup in the gaps. In your case I'd do one of two things... Make parallel cuts ...
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Large Cracks & Depressions in Asphalt Driveway?

Ground settles over time, and asphalt isn't as rigid as it looks. During the summer, asphalt softens a bit. It will somewhat conform to the ground under it. Vehicles will create depressions in the ...
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Can I warm up "cold patch" in a microwave?

Microwaves work by exciting the molecules in liquids that then trasfer their heat into surrounding materials. To be safe, "microwavable" products have water in them so that the water molecules are ...
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Joint between Asphalt Driveway and Block Foundation Sealant

The brand you mentioned (and other brands) make a self-leveling polyurethane horizontal joint sealant. It's applied from a standard or jumbo caulking gun, but once applied it flows and levels out like ...
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Substance to help cold patch adhere better?

FWIW: I like to use the liquid crack filler for that purpose. Pour/smear it around on the joining surfaces. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Latex-ite-1-Gal-2X-Premium-Blacktop-Crack-Filler-2XCFC/...
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How to repair street end of driveway that has loose asphalt?

I recommend getting a few quotes from some paving companies. They will know how to best make the repair. However, keep reading. I live in Upstate NY. It sounds like you've never done asphalt but if ...
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Best way to fix bottoming-out on driveway curb-cut?

Everyone will probably look at the curb itself, and come up with useful suggestions, so I'll let other answers deal with that. I shall address the less obvious but nevertheless likely source of the ...
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Best way to fix bottoming-out on driveway curb-cut?

A fix sometimes seen in my region is steel plates: something on the order of 1/2" thick and long enough to bridge roughly from the edge of the asphalt to halfway up the approach. Sometimes I see ...
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Fix water pooling on porch connected to driveway

Yes, you could try the asphalt patch but after a few winter freezes, it would crack and crumble. A better, more permanent solution would be to dig out about 12 square feet in front of your stairs, ...
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Filling void under asphalt driveway

Possible causes: (not all of them equally likely) Burrowing. Poor compacting prior to paving. Wood e.g roots, logs, garbage left under the gravel now decomposing. Could be water erosion, perhaps a ...
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Concrete First or Asphalt First

Not an expert (never done this myself, but seen it done), so if I turn out to be totally wrong I'll delete. Concrete first The asphalt will fill in edge to edge. With concrete apron and gutter first, ...
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How to fix asphalt cracked in large chunks?

How can I fill in the cracks and keep it together? I wouldn't do that. I would search for a local supplier of asphalt patch Random example:
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Concrete over Asphalt? Would you do it?

Concrete isn't for resurfacing. It's a structure unto itself. So you need to likely pour at least a 4-5" slab for it to work as new garage flooring. So that means your current flooring would have ...
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Can I use sealer over recycled asphalt to retain it?

My boyfriend has a driveway with a crushed run base, #57 stone topped on that, recycled pavement dust over that, with bagged asphalt for the top layer. He got it to fuse using 1 part gasoline* to 2 ...
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Can I use sealer over recycled asphalt to retain it?

No. Sealer isn't nearly strong enough to support the tremendous tearing forces at play. Instead, watch your local community sale websites for used or leftover concrete pavers. You want the heavy ...
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Can driveway fabric (petro-mat) be used DIY?

I talked to one of the petro-mat sellers and found out that the standard petro-mat needs a liquid "tack coat" poured down before the geotextile is put down. Typically the fabric is put down ...
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Can I change the gradient/slope of asphalt walkway with cold patch?

You can certainly fill with cold patch, though for good adhesion you would need to start with getting the area really dry, which will be considerable work as it's a low spot that holds a puddle. What ...
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Repair asphalt driveway damaged by transmission fluid leak

The approach I'd recommend (based on my experience with this repair), is to use a heavy chisel to dig out the softened asphalt, then use a cold-fill pothole repair product to replace the material that ...
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How to retrofit an impermeabilizant asphalt layer in a roof

I haven’t done hot tar since my dad passed so this is from 40 years back I might be forgetting. Today I would wear a tyvek suit as every job ruined a pair of pants. We used to use a weed burner and ...
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How to make cold lay asphalt less porous?

I would use a sealer and sand, first I would pour the sealer on just enough to almost fill the area, then with clean dry sand sprinkle it on top and work it in so it looks black, when it drys it will ...
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Year old asphalt driveway is still soft - chairs make holes

When I built my 1st home 40+ years ago I noticed that my neighbor had a beautiful, smooth, and very black asphalt driveway. I remarked to him that it looked great. He said it looks great but has the ...
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Holes forming under/around garage

I would believe your gutter downspout pipes are in that location(s) if not well sealed or if perf pipe was used without being packed in gravel the dirt gets washed away and creates a hole. I would ...
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Wide cracks across asphalt road

Normal expansion and contraction. That's what asphalt does. In Minnesota those cracks show up within two years of road resurfacing due to our weather extremes. It is exacerbated by age, where the ...
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