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Old 11-09-2015, 05:05 PM   #16
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Well had the extension done and the guy/company did a good job (I'll get a cpl pictures up tmw). Basically they brought in a whole lot of base material to do some regrading, compacted it, and laid the asphalt. They kept some of the slope which makes a retaining wall unnecessary and I don't need steps to the gate.

Only minor headache is that they broke a dryer vent that vented on the side, and now I need to get it fixed/replaced. I've personally never dealt with siding myself and I can't see how it attaches to the wall. I'm afraid I'm going to have to remove the siding to remove it as there are no visible screws. We'll see what the guy says tomorrow about it.
still waiting on those pictures
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Old 11-10-2015, 09:08 AM   #17
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still waiting on those pictures
My apologies, I hate it when others don't come back and post pictures and I'm guilty of that..

I do have some video footage from a security camera that I wanted to get a few screen captures of to post here (they used a couple dump trucks of 21A) but I've been busy as munchkin #2 was delivered on the day the extension was done and it keeping us busy along w/ #1 so I don't know if I'll ever get around to it. Regarding the work, they laid a very good compacted base that extends ~1' beyond the new paved surface.

Also, I re-layed all the sod out and put some topsoil down (these pictures are pre-topsoil being laid) since they kind of did a sloppy job of it, but I wasn't expecting them to be landscapers. All in all looks good and nice to have more parking w/o blocking the garage. Slope isn't too bad and make bringing stuff into the back no problemo. The vent was fixed pretty quickly. It was a pretty easy fix and next time I'll just DIY it.
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Old 11-10-2015, 05:02 PM   #18
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Looks like it turned out well and with no wall that requires edging.
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Yep turned out well. Thx all! I've now started thinking/wondering about driveway sealing.. What's the general consensus, is it worth it? I know there's water and oil based. It seems like some say it's worthless but of course many driveway sealers say it's good for the asphalt..?
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Yep turned out well. Thx all! I've now started thinking/wondering about driveway sealing.. What's the general consensus, is it worth it? I know there's water and oil based. It seems like some say it's worthless but of course many driveway sealers say it's good for the asphalt..?
Ayuh,.... I've been buildin' asphalt driveways for over 20 years now,...

I feel sealer is a bucket is good for pretty much one thing,...
To make it Black again,....

If ya got an ole driveway that's breakin' up, Maybe a coal tar sealer with sand in it, might buy ya some time,...
But, in many states, yer not trusted with coal tar anymore,...

Otherwise, a trick I learned almost 20 years ago, is to seal it with portland cement, right outa the bag,....

Ya take a drop-spreader, not a broadcaster, fill it with portland, then cover the driveway with a film of dry cement,....
If done on a very light rainy misty day, it'll hydrate, 'n leech into the pours, fissures, 'n popped rock voids, 'n of course Set-up,....
If it ain't a rainy day, fan it with yer hose to wet it, but not so much as to wash it away,....

Our world is built outa concrete, the portland binds the driveway the same way,....
Done annually, the driveway will last Forever,...

The only downside is, it's grey, not black,...
The Biggest Plus is, it isolates any petro-spills from attackin' the asphalt,....
A Gasoline drip will burn a hole through several inches of asphalt in a day, or less,...
The portland treatment, Stops that,....

When I posted this here before it was asked 'bout paintin' it with black sealer after, for the color,...
I Wouldn't,....
I think the crap outa the can might hinder future portland treatments,....
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Don't apply anything until it whites out, that is 1-3 years. And then don't overdo it.
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Very interesting Bondo!

Ya I've become skeptical of water based sealers and oil based like Gilsonite seem to have some very bad reviews by some people so it makes me wonder. The driveway is in good shape, and I'd like to keep it that way for as long as possible..

Very interesting regarding the portland cement. So you do this only when the driveway is looking rough? Fortunately I have no HOA so having a perfect black driveway isn't part of a checklist, but I also don't want it looking like an eye sore. :p You have any pictures of what it looks like afterwards?
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So you do this only when the driveway is looking rough?
Nope annually startin' next Spring,....

Yer fresh blacktop will have cured, 'n the top most oil skin will be gone,...
In other words, it'll have greyed abit,...

I don't have any pictures, but have a couple commercial customers that do it,....
Most visible, 'n actually where I got this tidbit of info is the 1000 Islands Bait Shop at exit 49 on I-81 at the NY/ Canada border,....
The former owner taught me the trick,....
His original blacktop, 'round the gas pumps, lasted from the late '40s to the early '90s when by law it was required the pumps, 'n plumbin' be replaced, 'n concrete was used,....

If yer old enough to remember, before the '70s, a gas spill was a common occurrence at the gas pumps,...
an ounce here, an ounce there,.....
The portland protected the ole asphalt,....

Best description I can give ya for the Looks, is it'll look like concrete,.... Grey,...

The other guy runs an apiary, 'n uses skidsteers as forklifts,...
Nothin' will tear up blacktop quicker than a skidsteer, Loaded,....
I told 'im this tale the day We installed type 3 binder in his yard,....
He does the portland treatments annually,...

I was there last summer(3 years later), 'n nary a stone is outa place, nothin' torn up,...
Looks like a rock solid concrete lot, except with contours that blacktop allows that concrete is too hard to form that way,...
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Wow very cool! So the thing I wonder is it doesn't break up being such a thin layer of portland cement? I'd be concerned about it bonding as well to the asphalt..? I guess it breaks up little by little but regular annual re-applications keeps it solid? I will definitely look into it some more and think about doing this next year. I have a friend that has a concrete biz, I'll run it by him, curious to see what he says.

My biggest concern is that it won't bond and just break off easily and look like crap, but I could certainly see it filling all the little ruts and grooves of the asphalt also and smoothing it out some..

I'm only in my mid 30's, but I do remember in the 80's oil spills being much more common than today. Thanks!

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Wow very cool! So the thing I wonder is it doesn't break up being such a thin layer of portland cement? I'd be concerned about it bonding as well to the asphalt..? I guess it breaks up little by little but regular annual re-applications keeps it solid? I will definitely look into it some more and think about doing this next year. I have a friend that has a concrete biz, I'll run it by him, curious to see what he says.

My biggest concern is that it won't bond and just break off easily and look like crap, but I could certainly see it filling all the little ruts and grooves of the asphalt also and smoothing it out some..
Ayuh,.... I think, yer thinkin' of a Much heavier coatin' than I am,....

The portland is dusted on, 'n flooded with water to wash the microscopic partials of portland to seep deep into the asphalt through cracks, 'n fissures to bond it together,...
The trick is to flood it, but not wash it away,...
Portland is heavier than water, 'n will seep through as deep as the water does,...
Like at the seam of yer old, 'n new driveway,...
It'll seep in, 'n help bond the joint together,...

Ya start with a grey asphalt driveway, 'n ya end with a grey asphalt driveway,....
In a short time, the tops of the stones ya could see before ya did it, you'll see again,...

Yer not trowelin' on a layer of portland,....
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