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Need to build a gravel driveway? There some important tips for a gravel driveway. You have to decide on types of gravel for driveway and the slope of the driveway for a few. A build it yourself gravel driveway is possible with proper planning and some rental equipment.

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Tim Carter demonstrates really simple ways to repair either blacktop or concrete driveways. Repair blacktop driveways before you apply the driveway sealer.

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Tim Carter demonstrates a really easy way to patch a bad spot of asphalt road, sidewalk or driveway. Asphalt repair or driveway crack repair require proper hole preparation for the patch to hold.

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Concrete driveways tend to be very white. Blacktop or asphalt driveways tend to be very black. Is there an alternative? You bet there is - it is called a tar and chip driveway. If you have access to colored rough gravel in your area, you can have a low cost colorful driveway that looks like a country road. Browns, grays, pale greens are all possible. In fact, if you are fortunate to have a resourceful gravel supply company you can even blend colors. My own tar and chip driveway is a mixture of light and dark brown stone chips.

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Tar and chip driveways are attractive, cost less and require little maintenance. Get a contractor to do the installation for you. Installation during the hot, dry summer is the best weather for the asphalt and chips to adhere, and a standard air blower removes debris without removing the chips. Here are more do's and don'ts of installing and maintaining a tar and chip driveway.

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Finding high quality asphalt repair patch can be just around the corner: in an old-fashioned supply store or at the four manufacturers listed below. Cold patch blacktop now seals better than before, or try an asphalt crack sealer compound with rubber for a slightly more expensive, but high-performance job.

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