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There is a lot to think about when you’re renovating a home. You need to make many decisions, starting with what contractor to use and how much money you want to spend. It helps if you have a clear vision for how you want your home to look when you’re done. If you’re not sure what it is that you want yet, take some time to look through my blog. I’ll discuss everything from home additions to flooring materials to appliances and fixtures. These articles will help you get a sense of the possibilities for your home renovation, and help you narrow down your options. Eventually, you’ll decide on the renovations that are right for you.

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Preparing Your Asphalt Driveway Potholes For Cold Patch Materials

Pamela Gonzales

If you notice relatively large potholes across the surface of your asphalt driveway, then it is time to start thinking about repairing the asphalt. Potholes can cause some damage to your vehicle's suspension and tires and they can also cause general deterioration issues. If the potholes are not fixed, then damage may deepen and you may need to have your driveway completely repaved. Cold patching materials are the easiest to use when repairing potholes. However, you will need to prepare the holes first to make sure the patching material will work well. Keep reading to learn about a few things you should do.

Square The Pothole Edges

Potholes are rarely completely square. In fact, the edges of the holes are likely to round out as you drive over them. This can present a problem if you want to patch the pothole. Cold patch materials are made with polymers that keep the asphalt pliable at room temperature. While this makes the asphalt easy to use and to press into your potholes, the material is not as strong and durable as hot patching materials. Specifically, the material will not cure into a completely hard surface. 

Since the cold patch material is more pliable overall, the edges of the pothole work to retain the patch compound in the damaged area. They basically serve as walls to keep the compound in place. When the edges are square and vertical, they can hold the patch in place much better. 

Inspect each of the potholes and purchase a tool called an asphalt chisel to square rounded edges. The tool may also be called and asphalt cutter. Set the edge of the chisel against the rounded edge and use a mallet or hammer to force the chisel into the asphalt. Use the tool until all the edges are square.

Add Angular Stone 

While cold patch materials are meant to fill in potholes, you do not want the patch to be too thick. The repair may then be too weak and fail within a relatively short period of time. To help create strength, make sure each pothole has as solid gravel foundation. Rounded gravel can shift or move, so you want to use angular stone materials instead. Crushed stone that is in the smaller diameter range is best. This gravel contains stones that are typically around one-quarter to one-half inch wide. 

The stone should be packed in each pothole. This means that you should use a tamping tool to make sure the gravel is packed down tight in the hole. When the gravel is packed, there should be about two inches of space or a little less for you to secure the cold patch compound. 


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