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lily

12:14PM | 05/17/05
Member Since: 02/11/03
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I'm looking to "clean-up" the edge of my asphalt driveway. The edges are not straight, and I am looking to add about 3-5 inches(??) to the sides to clean them up.

Is there a product that will "patch" the sides up in order to straighten them.

k2

02:28PM | 05/17/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi Lily,

I'm not a pro, but I thought I'd kick this post off as I'm looking at some driveway issues myself. So I might learn something as well.

We had an asphalt company out several years ago to add to our driveway. This was definitely a job for a pro. We only added a few feet, but it sloped a bit--and they used asphalt at least a couple inches thick (maybe more like 4").

I now need to have them back to do some patching (or maybe more).

Not to discourage you, but I really think it's a job for a pro. If anyone else knows better, please feel free to jump in!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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cauk05Jeeves

01:29PM | 06/08/05
Member Since: 06/07/05
2 lifetime posts
Lily,

I'm not an expert. Maybe this will work. Don't be discouraged. You can do ti yourself if you want to save money. Home improvement stores carry cold asphalt for patching. You can use them cold. They sell those in bags. You can get some and apply it to the uneven edge. Use a 2x4 piece of wood as guide to make the edge straight and compact the cold patch to the ground with a compacter with long handle, sold at the same stores.

Read instruction on the bag of cold patch for more detail. Good luck!


tomh

02:50PM | 06/08/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
558 lifetime posts
K2 is right on this issue. The problem is that new asphalt and cold patch really don't bond well to older asphalt. The pros can repair potholes and sholders using bonding cements and reinforcement fabric, but the edge of asphalt remains weaker. Sometimes you can cut back the asphalt with a power saw to create a straight strong edge, then excavate and set forms and pour a concrete edge. This tends to be strong and can be fairly attractive producing a straight contrasting edge. It minimizes the amount of material because you only pour 8-12 inches along each side.
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