fixing isolated potholes in gravel driveway?


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Old 08-12-10, 05:19 PM
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fixing isolated potholes in gravel driveway?

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We have a gravel driveway that has some pretty nasty potholes that we have to swerve to miss....I am tired of it....are there any products I can just buy in bags that 1 person could handle that I could fill individual holes with? Preferably something that once compacted and wet, will harden up? Someone I know mentioned a particular kind of gravel that basically hardens once it is compressed so many times....I forget the name of it....is there anything like this I could get at Lowes in bags and just fix these individual spots? Can't afford to get a whole truck load of new gravel in.
 
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Old 08-12-10, 06:08 PM
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Dirt/gravel surfaces are considered to be a flexible pavement. If you fill the potholes with a non-flexible material, the "patch" will work like a pebble in your shoe does, and magnify the both the extent and speed with which the potholes grow.

The proper repair is to remove the material in the pothole to undisturbed soil, then fill with the same material as the pavement, compacting in shallow lifts.
 
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Old 08-13-10, 04:18 AM
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"someone I know mentioned a particular kind of gravel that basically hardens once it is compressed so many times"

Possibly crusher run ?? It has a lot of stone dust in it that kind of acts like a glue. As far as I know, it's only available in bulk. Most holes and ruts are caused by rain water so if you can divert the water - that might help to keep the pot holes from reoccurring.
 
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Old 08-13-10, 05:08 AM
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I don't know how far you are from your gravel supplier and how much they charge for delivery, but you don't have to purchase a whole trucks worth of stone. You should be able to get a couple tons worth of material dropped off with no problem.
 
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Old 08-13-10, 12:47 PM
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Getting a small load delivered usually isn't the problem .... they charge the same haul bill for a light load as they do for a full load
 
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Old 08-13-10, 02:26 PM
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I understand the delivery charge being the same. But it may be worth it if you only get 2 tons vs 10 tons. I'm glad I have a pickup and places really close by for my stuff.
 
 

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