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Gary, 8n-fl

03-13-2002 11:14:19

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I live down a single lane clayed dirt road and it seems fine except for one spot that is low and collects water. Basically a big messy puddle that is slowely getting worse. If I could raise the center of the road a bit it would solve my problem.

Should I use my 8n to grade off 3 or so inches of clay, add sand (only thing available for free) and regrade the clay on top. Does anyone think this will hold up? Should I spend the cash for a few yards of gravel or shell?

I can't put in ditches because of my neighbors lawns etc.

Thanks, Gary

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8n in mn

03-13-2002 13:23:58

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 Re: Grade adjustment in reply to Gary, 8n-fl, 03-13-2002 11:14:19  
When we built our house up here in north country a few years ago, we had crushed rock spread on the driveway area. With the clay base and 2"-3" of crushed rock on top, the driveway ended up packed like concrete within a few months. When we wanted to replace the driveway with concrete, we had to use the ripper teeth on a skidloader bucket to loosen it up for removal. Seems like the sharper edges of crushed rock and filings bind together and hold together better than just washed rock or gravel.

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03-13-2002 11:57:50

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 Re: Grade adjustment in reply to Gary, 8n-fl, 03-13-2002 11:14:19  
Gary, I had a low spot in my blue chip over clay driveway that kept being a mess. I tried putting more clay and topping with gravel but it always got wet, then soft, then the cars would push out the clay and I had a wet hole again. I finally got a 10 ton load of crushed concrete (old sidewalks and such) and had it dumped in the spot. Used the 8N to graded out and and tamp it down (filled rear tires). I then had blue chip spread over that. The area no longer ruts out and if water does sit there, the crushed concrete doesn't soften like the clay did.


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Dave M

03-13-2002 11:37:05

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 Re: Grade adjustment in reply to Gary, 8n-fl, 03-13-2002 11:14:19  
I don't know about your local conditions, but around here once you disturb clay it will be soft and sticky when wet for a long time. I covered my driveway with 1" crusher run (i.e. with the fines left in).

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Larry 8N75381

03-13-2002 11:34:44

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 Re: Grade adjustment in reply to Gary, 8n-fl, 03-13-2002 11:14:19  

If you get gravel you might do what I did. I had the driver spread only half the last load - I needed several. Then I had him dump the rest all in a pile for later use. Now where my farm is is called Flint Hill - for GOOD reason. I have several places where I have level (or almost) outcropings of rock. So on one of those flat rock areas was where the rest was dumped. Then as my road developed potholes (and they ALWAYS do) I could put on my scoop and get a load to fill in the holes. My pile lasted about 8 to 10 years. It needs to be replenished.

Now you might have a problem finding a place where you could dump half a load so that it would not disappear into the ground. But maybe you could put something down first that would help keep the gravel up out of the dirt.


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