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Old 05-29-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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I need a new driveway. Some contractors recommend capping my old asphalt, others say to rip out and redo. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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How would anyone know without being there to see it or at least let in on what's wrong with the old one and some pictures so we can make some guesses.

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Tear it all out. Dig it down till you are at least 12" thick. Run rebar (no less than #7's) every 6" in both directions. Maybe a double layer... And use nothing but "self-leveling" concrete... preferably 5,000 pound mix.

There. All fixed, and I didn't even have to see it.

Gosh, that was easy.
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Are you sure 5000psi will be enough? I mean, we did that for Payne Field, where they test land 747s, but I dunno about this one.

In all seriousness, we need a few more details. And us construction guys, we luvs us sum picchers.
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Guys, settle down

I was merely looking for a general suggestion as to capping vs. ripping it out. I didn't realize there was so much to it, if so I would have posted pics. I am gone for the weekend, I can do it when I get back.

FWIW - the soil is very sandy, and the driveway is original to the early '70s house, so I have no idea what type of base is underneath.
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Tear it all out. Dig it down till you are at least 12" thick. Run rebar (no less than #7's) every 6" in both directions. Maybe a double layer... And use nothing but "self-leveling" concrete... preferably 5,000 pound mix.

There. All fixed, and I didn't even have to see it.

Gosh, that was easy.
That's just a bit out of my price range.

If you help me out here, I promise you a lot more work!
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The biggest part of the decision process is what's wrong with the existing driveway. Without knowing that and seeing pictures no one here is going to be able to give you a good answer. There are many situations where capping is a very good alternative but they are others where it's a terrible idea.
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imo, a driveway should be "on grade". if capping, that may raise it above grade.

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