02:02PM | 01/27/04
Member Since: 12/23/02
32 lifetime posts
can any one give me any info on the cost and types of repairs for a driveway?? my driveway has cracks and also tire ruts formed in it, which causes a hump in part of it.. can the pros fix this or do they have to dig it up and start from scratch?? any help would be appreciated...tks


09:25AM | 01/29/04
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
The usual reason that an asphalt drive develops 'ruts' as you describe is an inadequate or improperly installed and compacted gravel base. Unfortunately, not enough folks, customers and contractors, pay attention to that detail, and the life of the driveway is lessened.

In your case, I'd guess that you're looking at having the driveway asphalt removed. How much of the gravel base, if it exists at all, that has to be removed will depend on it's condition. I'd guess that it's far too thin...or it sits on an organic sub-base...a combination of the two...or it doesn't exist.

Organic soil left under even the best of gravel bases will be subjected to settling, compression, and future compaction just be the weight of the vehicles that use the driveway (or parking lot). They really should be removed down to mineral soil before coming back up with good gravel.

Any existing gravel under your pavement that has been contaminated by old organic soil underlying it should be removed and replaced, too.

A good base, well compacted, will give long life to your asphalt.

And don't skimp on the asphalt, either.

k smith

08:04AM | 01/30/04
Member Since: 07/09/03
71 lifetime posts
get an asphalt guy out to take a look. if your base is not too thin, or nonexistant a 1.5 inch hot mix overlay will last along time.


11:24AM | 01/31/04
Member Since: 12/23/02
32 lifetime posts
thanks for the advice guys, i think once spring gets i here i will have someone cum out and have a look at it...


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

If you are interested in more about fans and air conditioning, consider: How To: Install a Ceiling Fan How To: Choos... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon