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Potholes in dirt road
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Don    Posted 01-30-2005 at 11:34:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What is the best way to fill in potholes on a dirt road?

Chas in Me    Posted 01-30-2005 at 17:43:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
The state did some paving around here last year and I got some of the fine ground pavement they got when they cut into existing driveways to make a new joint. That stuff is the money.
If you find a job going where they are grinding off surface and can get some of that, it is good also. You would be surprised how much of that stuff you can get for a couple of six-packs, especially on a Sat. afternoon.
Chas, stockpiling all sorts of stuff, up here in Maine.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 01-30-2005 at 15:09:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
We've found crushed concrete one fine material for driveway building. For hole filling cleaning them out some makes for a better pack. 2" concrete for a base. !/2" material for a cover. one good feature, it doesn't track dust into the house like limestone dust. Bad part takes some watchful eyeing for tire pocking, stabbing wires and rods.

Oh! Have found General’s soft rubber tires work well (maybe best) for picking up odd nails, screws, rods, and all manner of pointy objects if you haven‘t a magnetic personality.

mike    Posted 01-30-2005 at 15:06:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
fill it w/ water. tommorow ya won't know the pothole is there. at last! a benifit to this sub-zero weather!

Dug    Posted 01-30-2005 at 14:15:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
The best way to get rid of them is to cut them out, which means grading deeper than the hole. Obviously, grading the drive on a regular basis and not letting the holes form is the best answer.

Once the pot hole is there, grade as deep as you can and fill remianing whole with larger rock (1 1/2 inch) and cover with ab3 (3/4 inch with fines).

Remember, grade often and cherish the seat time.


ret    Posted 01-30-2005 at 14:14:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
we live on our privately maintained road, about 12 homes on our road, and it gets rough. But fortunately one of the home owners worked with roads and soil most of his working career. You have to get down to the level of the potholes and loosen all of it up or no amount of dirt will help them. We have a big grader come through that can do the job. Only place we have trouble is where our road meets the state road. All the stopping and accelerating from cars just tears it up.

deadcarp    Posted 01-30-2005 at 14:02:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
whatever you have lots of -last time i used straw/sand and a little cement. i prefer sawdust/clay/sand (and a little cement) but didn't have it handy. good place for lumpy cement - i let the mixer beat it apart. just straw works into mud. fern. :)

bob ny    Posted 01-30-2005 at 13:37:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have a driveway that is 2200 ft long i used to have to have pot hole problem i found putting 1/1/2 in to 2 in crushed stone in the bottom then coivering with 3/4crushed stone i with lots of crusher dust to make a larger mound than hole this year so far i have had none(knocking in wood)of course living real close to a quarrey helps

Willy-N    Posted 01-30-2005 at 13:32:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lot more work but if you can dig up the top layer around it and then fill and pack it all back the Pot Hole won't blow out as fast again. Ripping the surface and grading again is how I do my drive and I have not had to add gravel or fix any big pot holes in 8 years so far. Seems if you just fill the hole it is real hard to bind it to the rest of the road. Mark H.

Tom in TN    Posted 01-30-2005 at 12:24:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I don't know either. I hope someone has a good answer. I have a driveway leading into my farm that is 1/4 mile long. I constantly haul in crushed rock to fill the potholes. I have a scraper blade and scraper box that I use to level and spread, but the holes just keep appearing. I think that there are probably some tall mounds sticking out of the ground in China where my fill has pressed all the way through the earth.

Good luck,

Tom in TN

mud    Posted 01-30-2005 at 12:13:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
whew, this stirkes close to home. i have found that you can temporarily fill a wet hole, but to get it right you need the base of the hole to be dry, and able to drain. i maintain a 1/2 miile lane into our place. it is yard waste (stone scoped up at the loading area at the gravel pit)
as a base and crush & run as the topping. we got some mighty big holes this year as it has been wet.
crush & run will do to fill them in untill it gets dry enough to do it right.

dig    Posted 01-30-2005 at 11:55:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Add more dirt!

Really, get a blade or a scraper and level the road surface.

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