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Old 04-01-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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Hello all, not sure where to post this, so I'm looking for ideas. As you can see by my chosen username, I'm more than a little challenged when it comes to DIY.
I bought a home in Minnesota last May. The home was built in 1997. It has a large asphalt driveway and an attached garage. Where the asphalt meets the concrete, there is some buckling and waves in the asphalt. After a fairly harsh Minnesota winter, I opened the garage door this morning and noticed that a big chunk of the asphalt had given way and collapsed. After looking, there is about a 12-inch hole now that goes down about 8 inches. Whatever was in there originally, is now gone. The concrete appears to be solid. We know that we're eventually have to replace the entire driveway, but now isn't the time. Is there a way that I can put a "band-aid" on this problem to at least get us through the summer? I can probably take a couple of pics if that helps anyone. Thanks, The Dunce.

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Get some quarry process and pack it down into the hole, bring it right up to grade. Keep packing and adding till it stops settling, then patch it.

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Photos are always helpful for a clear understanding; if I understand this correctly, the garage floor is concrete and the driveway asphalt. The hole is in the driveway. Fill in the hole tamping it down as you add each 2" of material. The material can be whatever the surrounding soil type is, e.g. a sand and gravel mix, or you can fill in with RCA. Finish it off with asphalt patch, it comes in bags like Sakrete concrete mix. Tamp it well.
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go to home depot menards lowes whatever. and get "cold patch". its asphalt in a bag. its not expensive and works well.
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Might as well do a little digging. Why "just" fill it? Your driveway is not old enough to replace, unless it is coming up in chunks.
Scoop up and scrape away at the loose dirt and make sure the hole does not continue. Get a 24" rebar and hammer in and make sure the ground resists. If good, pack with gravel. With dirt, you have to tamp it pretty well with inorganic soil. Then patch with cold asphalt from Lowes about 2". Homedepot asphalt is garbage. It is also good to get a clean edge on the asphalt with a chisel. Pack the asphalt tight with a piece of 2x4 and heavy hammer. For your job, buying a tamper would be wasted money.
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Hello all, not sure where to post this, so I'm looking for ideas. As you can see by my chosen username, I'm more than a little challenged when it comes to DIY.
I bought a home in Minnesota last May. The home was built in 1997. It has a large asphalt driveway and an attached garage. Where the asphalt meets the concrete, there is some buckling and waves in the asphalt. After a fairly harsh Minnesota winter, I opened the garage door this morning and noticed that a big chunk of the asphalt had given way and collapsed. After looking, there is about a 12-inch hole now that goes down about 8 inches. Whatever was in there originally, is now gone. The concrete appears to be solid. We know that we're eventually have to replace the entire driveway, but now isn't the time. Is there a way that I can put a "band-aid" on this problem to at least get us through the summer? I can probably take a couple of pics if that helps anyone. Thanks, The Dunce.
Ayuh,.... I'd wait til the frost is completely outa the ground before ya get too worried 'bout it,...

Once the earth has quit shuckin', 'n jivin', the hole probably won't be there, Anyways...

If it Is still there in another month or so,...
Just fill it with some gravel...
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Thanks for the advice all. Here's a pic if it changes any opinions.
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Ayuh,.... I'd still let the frost settle down, 'n only then fill it with stone, til ya get the driveway replaced...
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Is the driveway sloped toward the concrete? It looks like it wasn't tamped properly.
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You call that a large hole??? Boy did I visualize this one wrong.

Thats just settlement of the backfill, which they NEVER compact like they should.
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Is the driveway sloped toward the concrete? It looks like it wasn't tamped properly.
It's not supposed to be. It looks that way because there has been some buckling. I got some gravel and cold patch at Menards and I'll fill it in once it warms up a little more around here.

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