You can only repair a driveway in so many spots before repaving would be the more effective approach. It is not easy to install a new surface on the driveway but this project is less expensive if done yourself. Use this guide to create a smooth new surface within a few weekends. This will improve your home’s appearance and value.
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Step 1: Create a guideline by snapping the chalk line between your driveway and the street. Use the saw to cut through driveway asphalt to the underlying sub-grade.
Step 2: Remove most of the existing asphalt with the skid roller. You can break the asphalt into small chunks with the loader bucket. Asphalt pieces should be hauled to a recycling center in a dump truck.
Step 3: Spread the sub-grade and smooth it with the loader bucket. To create a firm foundation for the new layers of asphalt, compact the exposed sub-grade. Begin by applying the sub-compactor to the inner edges of the driveway to prevent damage to nearby concrete. Run your skid roller over the sub-grade that is exposed.
Step 4: Dab the tack adhesive around the boundary of your project area, using the broom. This creates a watertight seal between cut edges and the new asphalt.
Step 5: Learn how to operate the screed on the asphalt paver. If you are repaving a large area, you will need to be fast because you must spread new asphalt before it can cool. The paver helps to create even layers called lifts.
Step 6: Load a coarse aggregate and asphalt mixture into the asphalt paver to form the initial lift. As you pass the paver along the driveway sub-grade, manipulate the screen hand crank to control asphalt flow and the width of the layer. Have a few assistants follow behind, creating an even surface by raking the newly applied asphalt.
Step 7: Use the sub-compactor to compact the edges of the lift. Inner areas can be compacted with the large roller.
Step 8: Lay down a second layer of asphalt, following the same process. Use the flat and pronged sides of your rake to scrape this layer to edges of the driveway. Remove the largest pebbles from asphalt to create seamless edges. Keeping smaller pebbles in the asphalt will form a smooth finish.
Step 9: Once asphalt has compacted so it is flush with the surround material, use a level to ensure that the new surface has been leveled.
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