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Reclaimed asphalt as gravel on driveway?

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by Andy1845c, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. Andy1845c

    Andy1845c Well-Known Member

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    hey guys. I have a new rural driveway I need to get some finer rock on now that spring as sorta sprung and was wondering if reclaimed asphalt would be a good idea.

    Seems like it would get less goopy in the rain and would pack down nice, but I am wondering if it would get too packed down to the point I will have a tough time blading it...

    Anyone have an opinion on it over good ole class 5 or 3/4 with fines?
     
  2. Truck 505

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    We have recycle on our driveway at the shop and it works great. It has packed down just like regular virgin blacktop laid with a paver. The trick to it is to get it hauled in and graded out on a hot sunny day and compact it until you think you are done then compact it some more.
    I use a backhoe in the winter to push the snow off of it and it has nor hurt it one bit.
    Also there is very little dust in the summer and there is no mud in the winter.
    I highly recommend it.
     
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    This is the best pic I can find of what our lot looks like. That is all recycle and as you can see it is smooth, no ruts, it is packed down just like blacktop, and it will carry a load quite well.
    There is about 6-8 inches of recycle on the ground in that pic.
     

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    I would reccomend RAP in a second for a rural driveway. It binds great and if you have a way of compacting it well after the initial grading, there will be minimal grading needed. As for any needed grading it would depend on what type of machine youll be using to grade.
     
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    ive built lots of roads and few large parking lots using it. and I havent had one person complain. its cheeper to do than asphalt and it can be regraded if need be.
     
  6. mitch504

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    I agree heartily, I have used it several times, driveways, store parking lot, and a large trailer park. They are all doing well.

    BTW, Plowking, I think you have one of the top five signature lines on HEF
     
  7. Andy1845c

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    Thanks for the encouraging replies!

    I have an old 50's vintage Austin Western blade to grade it off with. Not sure if that would cut it after its packed or not. I don't have any heavy trucks or anything I am going to be running over it, so I would expect grading to be minimal from what you guys are telling me, I just don't want to have to go rent a planer if I get a spot that heaves or something.

    What size roller do you think I would need to pack it? I don't have access to any rollers and would have to rent one or have someone with one come out.

    The base rock is well packed. its 4 - 6 and 1 1/2" thats been down for a year and a half and has seen 1000 yards of fill in overloaded quad axles across it with no heaving, so I think the base is in good shape to be covered over.
     
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    thank you, but i cannot take credit for it, I got it from a bumper sticker that was on the back of a tack truck at a paving company that i worked for. it is a true statement.
     
  9. heavylift

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    works very well, but it also depends on the source of the supply also... straight off a milling job is the better stuff..
    Now the stuff from a recycle plant usually has dirt mixed in with it... sometimes a little sometimes a lot.
    we have used it a lot as temporary paving at construction sites, with and with out a fabric base.

    If you do buy from a plant make sure you get the asphalt only recycle. One plant here now has three grades. 1 concrete or tensar rock. 2 asphalt millings. 3 a combo of both concrete and asphalt... number 3 being the cheaper, don't get that one, your cost savings will be ate up by flat tires as it could have bit of mesh wire from the concrete in it..
     
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    I need to do this for my church in central Fl. Maybe 240 yds. What should my cost be? I can grade it my self.
     
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    i think asphalt millings are toxic waste
     
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    From what I've seen the stuff works great. People around here like it so much now the price is going up.

    Good Luck!
     
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    What I have heard has already been stated but I'll repeat. Do it on the hottest day and compact it and do it again.
     
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    Dang, and here I thought this was gonna be the first ever HEF thread with no dissent.;)
     
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    Agree. We put it down with the paver. Works great.
     
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    spread it out smooth, wet it down, then pack it real good. it packs even better if you wet it first. as stated, do it on a nice hot day. great product for driveways- far better than gravel.
     
  17. Andy1845c

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    What do I want to pack it with if I go this route? I would be putting down 6 or 8 inches of it... I am thinking a little one ton roller might be too light?
     
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    I just rolled it with my truck. It took a cocktail or two to get it all but that's ok. You may want to go with two lifts if you want to place that much or you won't get compaction. I think paving companies don't even like going more than 3 inches or so when they want good compaction. Do it right and you'll be very pleased with it. Good luck!
     
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    How is it after it is packed down? Is it clean? Or do you get an oily runoff that you would track into house/garage and make a mess.
     
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    I love it. If you walk on it when it's wet you may track in a bit, but you do that with gravel too. It has cut way down on how much sand gets brought into the garage from the wife's car. It's not like you're leaving black footprints behind you- some people think that's what it would be like. What I'm talking about is when it's raining, I come inside, wipe my boots on the nearly WHITE rug and leave a little black on it. Shouldn't have a light colored rug anyway but that's another discussion.