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Old May 8th, 2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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Bought my house with an unfinshed driveway. Trying to figure out whats the best option. This is where I'm at. Sand based driveway.



I've roughly calculated that I need around 60 cubic yards of material to cover my driveway. 140' x 10' long strech that runs into a 60'x 50' parking area. The places I've talked to suggest starting with a 4'' base to get things started, and add to it in a year or so.
Now to figure out that material.

Crushed asphalt - 1300 delivered

Crushed Limestone - 1800 delivered

Crushed Concrete with asphalt binder mixed in - 1600 delivered.


I don't have a garage, so tracking into the house in a consideration. What have you guys done?
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Old May 8th, 2013, 04:19 PM   #2
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crushed concrete to start with , it will sink in the sand and give you a good base
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If you go with crushed asphalt make sure it not just roto millings because roto mill will have giant chunks 4-6"+ chunks. But the crushed (1/2-1" size) asphalt will pack down inch and hard so when you plow or blow snow it will not push a bunch of it to the end of your driveway like gravel or crushed concrete will.
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We have crushed asphalt (old I-94). It works good for what it is, and it keeps all the dust down...would have been nice to roll it afterwards tho.
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If you go with crushed asphalt make sure it not just roto millings because roto mill will have giant chunks 4-6"+ chunks. But the crushed (1/2-1" size) asphalt will pack down inch and hard so when you plow or blow snow it will not push a bunch of it to the end of your driveway like gravel or crushed concrete will.
Do you have any idea what Verplank kicks out? That's where it would be from.
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No I don't you would have to ask. But if it is coming straight from a road then its just millings that machine that pulls it off the road is just that pulls it off the road in a hurry not a crusher. But if they have it in there yard I would bet that they crushed it again.
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If I get either the crushed asphalt or Limestone, it would come from their dock is what I was told.
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Questions are free I would ask how big the pieces are and go from there
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From what I have seen on the roads crushed limestone will pack down nice and hard. When it rains it will leave a white film on everything including your shoes.
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I have two driveways, one is the crushed asphalt, the other is crushed limestone. At first I liked the limestone better, however over the years as things settle, I like the asphalt better. My vote is for the asphalt
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We had the crushed ashpalt for about three years. Its held up well we've had drump trucks cement trucks propane trucks down it. The guy that did it used a paver then rolled it. I had three hundred feet done and my get another three hundred this fall.

Edit to add this is over crushed concrete and a load of stone so the drive under the ashpalt was very firm.

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On a road I put 6" of 23A natural aggregate over 12" of sand subbase with proper drainage (ditches). You won't loose as much material as a county road, but on average you loose 1" of fines every year.

If you go with the crushed asphalt I would blend it with the crushed limestone. When dealing with pulverized roads that aggregate has not been added to they become a pain to "cut" and grade.
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Get 2-3 inch crushed concret have it rolled then get 2-4 inches of 21 AA lime stone then be done with it for a while that's what we have done in some people's driveways
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