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 04-14-2005, 13:39 Post: 109837
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We had oil and stone installed in the fall over an existing asphalt driveway with potholes. Contractor filled potholes with gravel, and within a month they were back (long before hard frosts - we're in Connecticut.) Also, one section didn't cure properly, resulting in deep ruts whenever a FedEx truck traversed it.

Any suggestions as to causes of these problems, and fixes? Thanks.






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 04-14-2005, 15:19 Post: 109840
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Rip it all out and replace it right. Sorry, but anything else is just a band-aid and won't last.






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 04-14-2005, 18:35 Post: 109848
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Rip out all the old asphalt as well? Is the problem that the patches will contract/expand at a different rate than the old asphalt? Other contractors had suggested putting down all new asphalt, then covering with oil and stone for a more rustic look.






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 04-14-2005, 18:49 Post: 109850
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I've seen people put a layer of new asphalt over the old driveway. It usually will begin to peel up in big chunks in a short period of time(<1 year). Another band-aid. The only "permanent" repair would be to remove ALL the asphalt, reapir the base (the cause of the potholes) and replace it.






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 04-14-2005, 18:50 Post: 109851
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How old is the driveway? Asphalt kept in good repair usually lasts no longer than 20 years before it begins to disintegrate (in a winter climate like ours).






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 04-14-2005, 18:54 Post: 109852
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The driveway is almost 40 years old, and has suffered the wear and tear of many heavy trucks as 3 houses were built (it's actually a small private lane.) Actually, all but about thirty feet is in excellent condition - the thirty feet is at the lowest point of the driveway, right next to a pond, so it is likely that a high water table has contributed to the deterioration of that section. But I can't figure out why one other section remained so soft.






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 04-14-2005, 19:42 Post: 109854
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I guess you could cut out the section which is bad, repair the base and replace that section, but I don't think it will last. 40 years is a long time for a asphalt drive, its time to replace it.






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 04-15-2005, 03:07 Post: 109860
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Sounds more like your base under the Blacktop is not to the standard it needs to be. Problem: trucks in the spring will destroy any drive built for cars.

Get a contractor with a profiler and they can recommend a virgin aggregate with an emulsion or calcium to restore base. That will give you a rejunivated asphalt with out the cost of removal and replacement.

The equipment is large so you need to have some distance to make it pay. Smaller contractors may have some smaller stuff. I do not recall seeing much out there.

You will be able to use oil and stone or seal coat it.

It also sounds like the drainage in the low spot needs to get improved or raise the level of the drive.






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 04-26-2005, 21:24 Post: 110391
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Can you let me know who the oil and stone contractor was? I live in CT and can't find one. I need to do my gravel driveway with it. How does this pack down? Can you plow without wrecking it?

P.S...I work for FedEx but I wasn't the guy!






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 04-27-2005, 02:40 Post: 110397
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Check your yellow pages under: asphalt, stone, gravel, driveways or other related topics.

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