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Peter Zawisha is getting ready to put in a new asphalt drive and he wants to prevent cracks on the sides of it at his home in Hardyston, NJ. Here's what he told me: "I'm having driveway redone. Should I install 4x4 or 6x6 pressure treated lumber to help keep the asphalt stay tight together? Or […]

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Quick Column Summary: Install a blacktop driveway over gravel Is additional gravel needed You need the right gravel, installed in layers Dawn Coleman, from Munford, TN, is about to install a new blacktop asphalt hot top driveway. But she doesn't feel good about the estimate she received. Let her tell the story. "I currently have […]

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Quick Column Summary: Can asphalt drive be covered with crushed rock Make sure there are 4-6 inches of angular stone A thin layer of stone will eventually expose asphalt The new stone will not  interlock with the asphalt Karen Cesar, who lives in sunny and warm Tuscon, AZ, is getting ready to tackle a paving […]

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I've written about pothole repair for years. The trick, in your driveway, is to undercut the edges of the pothole like a dentist repairs a cavity in your tooth. The dentist undercuts the hole so the bottom of the hole is bigger than the top. When the amalgam filling is compacted and hardens, it can't […]

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Dumping gravel onto grass and compacting will not make a solid base for a parking area. Knowing how to properly prepare the soil and base for your parking lot is importantly. Here are some tips on layering your new parking lot so it stands the test of time.

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It's possible to repair your asphalt driveway yourself and get long-lasting results. Some extra effort and hole preparation is required to get the hole ready so that the patching material lasts.

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The battle continues - which is better an asphalt driveway or a concrete driveway? There are advantages to both. Driveway maintenance is another consideration. Are asphalt driveway sealers required and how often? Another choice is a tar and chip driveway.

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Blacktop crack repair can be a messy job. Newer crack sealers include one that is applied with a standard caulk gun. Use of foam backer rods can assist with the appearance of your blacktop crack filler. Carefully read all directions so an important step is not missed.

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