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Old 03-04-2010, 04:17 PM   #1
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How can I grind down the asphalt?


The asphalt ramp to my storage shed frost-heaved.
But it did not go back down in the summer.
Now I can't open the doors.
How can I grind down the asphalt?
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:33 PM   #2
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How much does it need to go down?

Heat and tamp it down maybe - I did this with a asphalt speed bump that was too high and abrupt in coutour.
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Ayuh,.... It might take awhile, but a 4" anglegrinder will Do the job....
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Sheets has it right. Asphalt will melt and flow. I have a friend who has a driveway rejuvenation business. He places molds on old, cracked and stained asphalt drives. They flow to the shape of the molds under heat, and they look like a million dollars when he's done.

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Sheets has it right. Asphalt will melt and flow. I have a friend who has a driveway rejuvenation business. He places molds on old, cracked and stained asphalt drives. They flow to the shape of the molds under heat, and they look like a million dollars when he's done.

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that's pretty cool. It's like stamped concrete.
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If you have ever had a motorcycle and on a hot day parked it via the side stand on asphalt, only to come back and find the bike laying on it's side... shows how easy it is to soften asphalt...
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Sheets has it right. Asphalt will melt and flow. I have a friend who has a driveway rejuvenation business. He places molds on old, cracked and stained asphalt drives. They flow to the shape of the molds under heat, and they look like a million dollars when he's done.

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kind of curious as to how it's done. The only thing I can think of is using a metal mold for the pattern, a smallish roller, and something to heat the asphalt.

any idea how it is actually done?
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How much does it need to go down?

Heat and tamp it down maybe - I did this with a asphalt speed bump that was too high and abrupt in coutour.
A half inch should do it.
I bought a propane torch from Home Depot a couple of years ago and it would not stay lit!
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we'd pick a stone hammer & cold chisel,,, diamond blade'd work IF it were conc but asphalt cement flows when its warm & you'll just have a gummy mess on your hands,,, IF its just a small heav'd crk edge, i'd hammer ir back down if possible,,, you can rent a gas-power'd scarifier ( $ 350 d here in suburb atl which's why we own a couple ) - 5 min work,,, elec chipping gun w/bushing tool would also work !

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I would 'pick' the heaved asphalt out of there! Then dig out some gravel to lower the general area, the repair the asphalt with a bag of 'cold' pack from the building center!
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