Recycled asphalt (sometimes referred to as 'crushed asphalt') is old roadway that has been removed and crushed at an asphalt plant. It goes from large compacted chunks to a granular product like you see here:
An asphalt plant accepts deliveries of our old highways and they end up crushed into a big pile like this:
The material retains the tar from the former road so it can be mixed with new asphalt, or used in new and different ways. Presently, driveways, walking paths, RV or boat pads, and rural parking lots are using recycled asphalt to create a dust-free semi-solid surface doesn't get muddy.
When it first gets delivered it has a darker look to it but as time goes on it lightens up. This next photo shows a new pile being put on top of one that is a few months old:
After a driveway, ranch road, or rural parking lot have been covered by recycled asphalt it begins to tighten up as heat, water, and humidity help filter the finer particles downward and harden them. Even though it begins to turn back into a road it will continue to have a thin layer of looser small rock at the top:
When a hot mix asphalt driveway starts showing signs of age, if the damage isn't too severe it can be paved over. We have to spend time preparing the driveway beforehand by addressing the most damaged spots so an even coat of asphalt can be applied. For this job, we had a mix of damaged surfaces, so lot of prep was needed. Hot mix asphalt is a bit of a challenge when it's over 100 degrees outside, but we think this one turned out amazing!
Congrats go out to this homeowner as they wrap up construction on their newly paved home. This involved grading out some material that was there, putting in a few drain pipes, and paving recycled asphalt through a paving machine and compacting. Low price compared to concrete or hot mix, but fits into the country surroundings perfectly. Looks amazing!
It's a good idea to fill any cracks in your cement driveway before they become bigger issues and now is a great time to do it. Winter can expand and contract cracks and make them worse so a few minutes outside could help out a lot.
Believe it or not, just a few dollars in supplies and you could extend the life of your driveway not only a year or two, but the repairs although they may not hold forever, the lifespan could be extended by many, many years if you keep on top of it from time to time.
Here's the most basic instructions you could ever find:
• Clean the driveway - use a leaf blower, broom, and whatever you need to to clear grass and debris from cracks.
• Use a wire brush or hard broom to remove pieces that are very loose. The idea is to have a clean, solid surface for filler to adhere to.
• Fill small cracks with a textured caulk, a liquid concrete, or a concrete sealer.
• With deep cracks you have a few options. The first of which is to decide if you could fill the crack with sand partially so that the crack has a solid base again instead of voids. Visit your home improvement store or look for the best products online. There are consumer product choices such as vinyl concrete patch, concrete grout, and driveway caulk to choose from. Follow the directions on the product and fill cracks as recommended.
That's the quickest summary to get you started, but here's the key:
The pressures OFF!
That's because any repair you do to the cracks will be better than letting another year come and go without doing anything!
P.S. If you need better instructions or a second opinion there are many articles online and you can always call a cement installation company for their opinion.
Our paving crew is encountering Texas heat on a daily basis and it's, well, hot. Add some hot mix asphalt to the equation and we're scorching our way through the day. The solution (in part) seems to be the amount of water we're drinking before, during, and after we work.
We're obviously not medical folks, but we preach drinking lots of water to everyone we run across.
If you're going to be working out in the yard, or on your own paving, dirt work, or even gardening projects during the day, remember the night before to drink some water. Follow this up with lots of regular consumption of water during the job, and then head inside and rehydrate yet again after the work is done. You lose
This before, during, and after routine seems to be working for us.
But, recognizing the signs of heat exhaustion will help you avoid one of the more serious health issues the elements can throw your way:
• Cool moist skin with goose bumps
• Heavy sweating
• Signs of water depletion including thirst, headache, weakness, dark urine
• Pale skin
• Rapid heartbeat
• Dizziness or confusion
These symptoms could be the pre-cursor to heat stroke, which is a potentially life-threatening situation.
If you have any of these symptoms you can drink caffeine-free liquids, remove unnecessary clothing, get in the shade or in an air conditioned space, take a cool shower or bath, or apply cool towels to neck and body.
If symptoms persist and there is no relief in 15 minutes, it is recommended to seek emergency medical attention as heat stroke may follow. Heat stroke is far more serious than generally understood, so take any and all precautions on the work site such as taking water breaks, and allow time for cooling down throughout the day.
Our crews have had success with drinking fluid at night which seems to contribute to less exhaustion the next day. This isn't really a scientific observation, just our opinion and we do this religiously. Regardless, drinking water has several benefits on its own, including lubricating joints, removing toxins, avoiding kidney stones and much more.
If you see any of the symptoms of heat stroke in the infographic below, get medical attention immediately.
Heat stroke is very serious. If you or someone you're working with has stopped sweating, has dry hot red skin, is dizzy with headache, has pinpoint pupils, is vomiting, or is unconscious, get medical attention immediately.
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