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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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Why do you need to not use cement when laying block paving?

A properly prepared sand base for the paving blocks provides a level surface, a support for the expected loads on the pavers and a means of allowing rain and other water run-off. The blocks are held ...
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Side edging for hexagonal stone pavers? Concrete ok?

Expansion isn't really a concern. Finishing the edge is. You can't just screed the slab to the pavers and expect a good outcome. You'd have to edge the slab along each angle of the pavers' shape to ...
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Matching style of joints between Belgium blocks

That appears to be what's called a "beaded" mortar joint. It's tooled from the mortar. Tools and videos can be found by searching using that term.
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Pavement Stencils - 1/16" (63 mil) or 1/8" (128 mil)?

I'd suggest asking your painter. They might have a preference, and you might save money overall by following their preference, if they have one. Cheap materials that waste paid professionals time can ...
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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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What is this foil-backed bitumen in my garden. Asbestos risk?

It tested negative for asbestos, though the surveyor (in to check out the house) did recommend testing as it was reinforced with some kind of fibre so potentially asbestos. I've dug up several large ...
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Can I use any mixed rubble for a patio sub base?

As a base for a slab the rubble is not good, it does not compact equally or well. It would be good as a filler if you making something that called for a raised foot or two of cement(steps, box) on a ...
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Does Porcelain paving appearance fade over time?

You're potentially describing two different products. True porcelain is a single material all the way through, like colored glass and not unlike commercial vinyl tile--wear simply reveals more of the ...
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Does Porcelain paving appearance fade over time?

If done properly, no. The patterns should be embedded in/under the surface glaze, or be made in that glaze directly. Go look at the tilework in the London underground for some hard-used 100+ year old (...
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How do you know how many existing layers of asphalt on my driveway now?

The thickness and strength primarily determine the asphalt pavement strength. Asphalt concretes tend to bond to each other unlike cement concrete, so the number of layers does not seem significant. I ...
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Year old asphalt driveway is still soft - chairs make holes

Small chair feet with an adult in the chair put a high loading on the asphalt. Given the choice I would rather an elephant stand on my foot than a lady in stiletto heels. Good reason that stiletto ...
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How to pave a small area but get maximum drainage / permeability

You can get permeable paving (sometimes sold as Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS)) which looks like solid paving but has nibs on the edge of each block so the surface is self-draining. Some are ...
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