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DEAR TIM: We need to have a new blacktop driveway installed and I thought it was going to be a simple process of comparing quotes. It turns out it’s somewhat confusing. I didn’t know there were different types of blacktop. What’s more, the contractors don’t seem to agree on the best way to prevent cracks […]

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Blacktop or asphalt installation over concrete can be very successful. But, consider an alternative - concrete overlays. You can do this yourself or have a contractor make your driveway truly unique with stamped and colored concrete.

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Pothole repair of your asphalt driveway is easily accomplished with preparation and the right materials. Cold mix patching compound is the material your need. Be sure that the pothole is prepped correctly and know when asphalt sealer should be applied.

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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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DEAR TIM: I recently saw a new paving system that I thought was ingenious. Instead of a solid driveway there were two strips of some precast concrete, each about 2-feet wide for the car tires. Grass was growing within the concrete strips and the area between the concrete was just lawn. Back by the person’s […]

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DEAR TIM: Can you settle a friendly argument? My wife insists that our blacktop driveway get sealed. She listens to a local weekend home improvement radio show and tends to think everything the show host says is true. The show host tells callers about how important it is to seal blacktop, but one of his […]

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Ann Faircloth has spilled oil on her driveway that she just sealed in Southampton, UK. Let her tell you about how her cleaning effort failed: "I had my my drive sealed, but we spilt oil on it. It doesn't look any better, since we cleaned it. Can we put another coat of sealant on top of […]

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DEAR TIM: I've struggled for years trying everything to permanently fill aggravating cracks in blacktop. The magic caulks sold at the big boxes have provided me with dismal results. The worst part is no matter what I try, sometimes the repair looks worse than the actual crack. The repair material stands out like a sore […]

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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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