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tigereye58
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Best way to build a gravel driveway?

So I have another thread on my pond with great advice.

My larger project is finishing my driveway. I have a 438 ft dirt driveway built up 18 inches above ground level that I need to finish off. Whats the next layer I should put down? I've heard ash but I hear all sorts of different kinds and then the gravel. Should I put that geotextile down before anything?


4LSU2
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re: Best way to build a gravel driveway?
How is your sub-base? Does water get to it?

If so, I'd cut up to a foot of existing soils, import structural fill, place geo fabric, then top with your top course.

If you have suitable soils, I'd blade it off, but make sure it is sloped properly to drain, then add the gravel.

Are you using pea gravel or a limestone material?


tigereye58
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re: Best way to build a gravel driveway?
My dirt contractor dug out the topsoil to the clay base and back filled with clay to the surface level then put a layer of topsoil on top and packed it. Its hard and packed right now. It has good drainage on both sides with swells dug to a frontage ditch to catch the run off.

So should I just go with gravel now or allow it to pack over the summer first. I haven't seen it with a solid rain yet. I was thinking of putting a layer of ash down for the summer and then adding gravel in several months after the ash has packed.


4LSU2
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re: Best way to build a gravel driveway?
Where is the property? Can you get limestone economically? You don't have to do 610 limestone, you can save money and buy Mexican limestone for 60% of the cost of 610.

Considering the current conditions, I'd place about 4 inches of a limestone, compact it by a tractor's box blade, and call it a day.


JAB528
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re: Best way to build a gravel driveway?
quote:

Mexican limestone




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El Josey Wales
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re: Best way to build a gravel driveway?
Does the Mexican Limestone work harder than the 610?


JAB528
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re: Best way to build a gravel driveway?
Obviously. It's not always legal though.


4LSU2
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re: Best way to build a gravel driveway?
quote:

Obviously. It's not always legal though.


The Hispanic stone is much cheaper to get. Imagine that shite.


JAB528
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re: Best way to build a gravel driveway?
Color me shocked.


4LSU2
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re: Best way to build a gravel driveway?
I'm all in for a Mexican blowjob, fwiw.


JAB528
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re: Best way to build a gravel driveway?
Are they also cheap and work harder?


4LSU2
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re: Best way to build a gravel driveway?
Have to be. They by god have to be. Whites have given up these days.


JAB528
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re: Best way to build a gravel driveway?
You're right about that.


Cracker
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re: Best way to build a gravel driveway?
NAFTA it's Bushs fault


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