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Old 11-15-2007, 09:20 PM   #1
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vibratory plate for asphalt grindings?

I just had a truckload of asphalt grindings put down on my drive.

It's a little loose and I wanted to know what is the best way to pack it down a bit to make for better driveway conditioins?

What about a vibratory plate? Roller? Or just good 'ol time and rain?


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Old 11-24-2007, 11:08 AM   #2
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I have had blacktop millings dumped on a driveway before and found that a plate compactor tightened things up nicely. Just don't expect it to re-harden like brand new asphalt or anything, but it will pack really tight. It'll just re-loosen somewhat over time, especially when people driving/parking on top of it go and make sharp turns. So, yeah. Tamp it.


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Old 11-25-2007, 07:19 PM   #3
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If you are going to compact it with a plate tamp be sure you add lots of water first... 15% to 20% moisture content will let you pack it quite tightly I would spread it and turn a lawn sprinkler on it for a few hours (even while I was tamping it if it isnt too cold there)... the surface may loosen up but eventually the whole thing will settle in nicely for you... a heavy coat of emulsified asphalt could stop the loosening of the surface but you probably have to hire a parking lot sealing contractor to do it for you... there is no practical way for a homeowner to spray it on thick enough

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Old 11-28-2007, 05:53 PM   #4
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when that asphalt was pav'd &,,,

compacted, there was heat & liquid asphalt to bind the mix together,,, now you've just got a bunch of crumbles,,, millings're fine in the right spot but you'll need, as suggested, to spread an asphalt emulsion over the mat & have it compacted,,, otherwise, the tires'll just push crumbles everywhere.
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