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I have a 600 sq ft area in my backyard that I would like to put asphalt down for a basketball court. The problem is a truck can not access that area. Is it possible to transport asphalt using a wheel barrow to the backyard like how concrete is done? (I've never seen it before)
 

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Yes a small bobcat could fit through the gate. I just didn't know if it was possible with asphalt. Does asphalt have to be put down within a certain time period before it binds together? (sort of how concrete binds)
 

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b-top's put down lots of times using wheelbarrows - trouble is you need to work FAST which means MANY wheelbarrows & wheelbarrow operators,,,don't forget - once the top's in the truck, YOU own it,,, if you don't get it out of the truck before it cools, you'll also pay to clean out the truck,,, for the risk/reward, i'd pick conc & avoid any trouble
for a bb court, plan on 6 barrows + small vibrating roller
 

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I see but wouldn't i have the same issue with concrete? They would have to use wheelbarrows to get to my backyard. Is it easier to work with concrete than asphalt? I'm looking for a cheaper option. That's my reason for considering asphalt.
 

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Concrete gets wheelbarrowed in all the time - but you need to have more than one wheelbarrow and help that isn't scared of work. IMO it would be easier to achieve a flat/level surface with concrete than it would be with asphalt.
 

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We have one local concrete supplier that has a 1 CY mixer on a small trailer that can be towed by even a compact pickup. If someone around you has a similar setup, might be worth checking out.


Also, the concrete trucks generally carry enough chute sections to reach about 40' from the truck, so that might help.
 

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since you'll have to cut contraction jnts in the conc to prevent random cracking, place it in checkerboard sections,,, we used to pave airport aprons in parallel passes on steel forms,,, when done, we'd rip out the forms & move them to the next pass,,, then go back & fill in the blank spaces,,, easy enough to do w/bb court
maybe in wy they can reach out 40' - never saw 1 of those trks on the e coast
 

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I have a 600 sq ft area in my backyard that I would like to put asphalt down for a basketball court. The problem is a truck can not access that area. Is it possible to transport asphalt using a wheel barrow to the backyard like how concrete is done? (I've never seen it before)
Ayuh,..... Sure, it happens everyday,.... 600' is an easy one,......

Not a Diy job though,.....

For Pro-pavers, No problem,.....
 

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IMHO,

I would go the concrete route. I feel for what you want to do and how you are describing the area. I see myself pouring a concrete court. If you want it BLACK, could always use the color mix you add to the concrete OR just use a sealer that is black in color.

On a personal note: I am actually tearing up my asphalt... Going back to concrete. I believe Asphalt is "Hotter". Would probably enjoy the court more being the "Cooler" concrete.

Good Luck
 
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