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I built a garage/workshop toward the back of my lot, about 150 feet from the
house. It is 28' X 24', and I keep my pickup in there as well as it being a
shop.

I had a gravel driveway put in from the concrete house drive to the garage
(concrete was too expensive). This was maybe about seven years ago. They
dug down about four inches and used base fill, on top of that they spread a
nice looking sandy colored material then sprayed it with a tar like
substance, followed with small rock. The driveway works fine except I have
to spray weeds in about twice a year.

Now, the rocks have worn off, pushed down, or something and there is quite a
bit of the tar like stuff showing.

I would like to add more rocks, but need something to hold them in place
rather than just have loose rocks on the drive.

Is this something I can do myself - if so how?

What do I need to do to fix it and control expenses to a minimum?

Thanks for any advice.

Bob



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Bob wrote:
I built a garage/workshop toward the back of my lot, about 150 feet from the
house. It is 28' X 24', and I keep my pickup in there as well as it being a
shop.

I had a gravel driveway put in from the concrete house drive to the garage
(concrete was too expensive). This was maybe about seven years ago. They
dug down about four inches and used base fill, on top of that they spread a
nice looking sandy colored material then sprayed it with a tar like
substance, followed with small rock. The driveway works fine except I have
to spray weeds in about twice a year.

Now, the rocks have worn off, pushed down, or something and there is quite a
bit of the tar like stuff showing.

I would like to add more rocks, but need something to hold them in place
rather than just have loose rocks on the drive.

Is this something I can do myself - if so how?

What do I need to do to fix it and control expenses to a minimum?

Thanks for any advice.


You can get on the phone with your credit card and have have as many
dump truck loads delivered as you like. In order to hold the finer
rock in place you may have to firstly put down some of the coarser
material you are seeing underneath. So just order some very coarse
rock to start probably one load. Then after yu have it where you like
it you can order the finer material which makes up the surface of your
drive.

To save money you can use a shovel and wheelbarrow. It will work but it
would be less work to rent a skidsteer or tractor to push material
around with. Also if you order just one load at a time you wil be sure
to spend as little as possible on material.

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Bob writes:

I would like to add more rocks, but need something to hold them in place
rather than just have loose rocks on the drive.
Is this something I can do myself - if so how?


It is called "paving". Takes massive amounts of material. Call somebody
equipped for it.

If you could do it yourself, why did our ancestors have dirt roads?
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Bob wrote:
I built a garage/workshop toward the back of my lot, about 150 feet from the
house. It is 28' X 24', and I keep my pickup in there as well as it being a
shop.

I had a gravel driveway put in from the concrete house drive to the garage
(concrete was too expensive). This was maybe about seven years ago. They
dug down about four inches and used base fill, on top of that they spread a
nice looking sandy colored material then sprayed it with a tar like
substance, followed with small rock. The driveway works fine except I have
to spray weeds in about twice a year.

Now, the rocks have worn off, pushed down, or something and there is quite a
bit of the tar like stuff showing.

I would like to add more rocks, but need something to hold them in place
rather than just have loose rocks on the drive.

Is this something I can do myself - if so how?

What do I need to do to fix it and control expenses to a minimum?

Thanks for any advice.

Bob



Just put some pea gravel (small stones) down on top. As for it being
loose and weeds coming through, that's just the nature of the beast. IF
you actually need to reshape the drive, put some coarser gravel down
first and then put the pea gravel on top to finish.

good luck,

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You just get weeds in rock driveways.... plain and simple. There's
really no way to completely avoid them.

You could drop a bunch more rock on top....the finer it is, the better
it looks and better it'll keep the weeds down.

Or you could just salt it heavily. Don't know how much solar salt is,
but that'll make sure nothing ever grows there. If they did it in the
bible, I'd imagine it'll work now.



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A neighbor INSISTED on a gravel drive to save on property taxes.

so he dug down a couple feet, installed a thin asphal;t drive then
covered it with a foot of gravel.

only driveway with zero mud or weeds.......

I think the OP should get the original contractor or similiar to return
add more tar and a new layer of stone to freshen it up.

gravel driveways arent maintence free.

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On 14 Nov 2006 07:37:01 -0800, "
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A neighbor INSISTED on a gravel drive to save on property taxes.

so he dug down a couple feet, installed a thin asphal;t drive then
covered it with a foot of gravel.

only driveway with zero mud or weeds.......

Trouble with that is, all the gravel will trap
dirt, and weeds will grow in the dirt, on
TOP of whatever you put in for a substrate.

So that isn't going to work for very long.

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This is a DIY site. What are you doing here?


Richard J Kinch wrote:
Bob writes:

I would like to add more rocks, but need something to hold them in place
rather than just have loose rocks on the drive.
Is this something I can do myself - if so how?


It is called "paving". Takes massive amounts of material. Call somebody
equipped for it.

If you could do it yourself, why did our ancestors have dirt roads?

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John writes:

This is a DIY site. What are you doing here?


This is a Usenet newsgroup. It is not a "site" of anything.

A key DIY skill is knowing what is beyond DIY. Like paving, for example.


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