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Old 06-22-2010, 07:05 PM   #1
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New *ahem* Asphalt Driveway question

New Driveway , soft asphalt!
I just had my driveway redone by a licensed contractor. there are a lot of soft spots in the asphalt, my thumb can even wiggle a hole into it. Is there any way I can get around this problem without suing the *&$% out of the contractor? I did give him a second chance to correct this, he tried, he failed. Now he tells me there's nothing he can do about it. any suggestions on how to not start over from scratch would be appreciated. Thank you for your time.

BTW, he told me he used the hot stuff and rolled it. Unfortunately I wasn't around when it was done.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:27 PM   #2
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Is the contractor also the asphalt supplier?
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:45 PM   #3
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from what little I know about asphalt, it sounds like there is not enough aggregate for the amount of the asphalt. The asphalt is simply a binder for the aggregate. It has no strength in itself. It is the aggregate that is what provides any strength. If you can put you thumb into the material, there is obviously no aggregate there.

again, not knowing a lot about asphalt but I cannot think of any way to repair an installation using substandard materials without removing what has already been laid down and starting over.

BTW, he told me he used the hot stuff and rolled it.
I would hope so as that is how asphalt is installed. It doesn't mean he used a quality product though.
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Personally, I'd call a competator or two of his and see if they'd be willing to take a look for you, even if they have a minimal charge. Their professional opinions could be worth their weight in gold in litigation. They may also tell you that the problem is minor, who knows?
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He may not have rolled in down enough is my thinking.

Does your aggregate seem closely spaced.

New asphalt driveways are very soft for quite a while though .

Post a picture , maybe there's a professional here.
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